Injured Bear in Amherst: ‘I think it’s just about the end of the bear’

July 8, 2018
James Horton snapped this photo of a bear in his back yard Saturday. (Courtesy James Horton)
James Horton snapped this photo of a bear in his back yard Saturday.

A bear that wandered into the backyard of a Getzville home and may be injured is the latest to cause a buzz in the region.

James Horton of Foxberry Drive said he called 911 to report a bear in his backyard Saturday and was told by Amherst Police that the bear might have been hit by a car. Police searched for the animal in the woods near his home.

“They’ve got him cornered in the woods,” he said early Saturday evening. “I think it’s just about the end of the bear.”

It was the second visit of a bear to Horton’s yard on Saturday. His wife told him a bear was at his bird feeder about 10:30 a.m. She took a couple photos of it.
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5 Responses to “Injured Bear in Amherst: ‘I think it’s just about the end of the bear’”

  1. Lois says:

    Bear’s first mistake was crossing into Amherst territory where wildlife and their habitats are always up for grabs by the insatiable developers and their ever-obliging politicians. Untouched land, wetlands, wildlife, clean water, clean air are overrated anyway.

    Instead of killing outright, just let it roam where it can be injured then, when weakened by injury, kill it. Should have intervened long before it reached this point. Now what geniuses?? In the end, wildlife and their habitats always lose in Amherst and eventually so do the people.

  2. Lydia says:

    If this bear is looking for a forested area with natural vegetation and food, he is plum out of luck in Amherst. Not much left after the plundering of land by wolfish developers and corrupt politicians.

  3. JOE D. says:

    Bear was just seen on Renaissance Dr and Raphael ct. Police there now…was out side earlier and heard either a single gunshot or a firecracker go off down the road. If it was..I hope that it was from a tranquilizer gun!!

  4. JOE D. says:

    https://www.wivb.com/news/local-news/bear-euthanized-by-amherst-police/1293592661
    SOMEHOW…I JUST KNEW IT…THE GUNSHOT I HEARD LAST NIGHT WAS THE MURDERING OF THE BEAR…TOO LAZY TO TAKE THE TIME…OR NOT ENOUGH IN THE TOWN’S BUDGET TO PURCHASE A TRANQUILIZER GUN!!!!? WONDER JUST WHO MADE THE DECISION TO KILL INSTEAD OF TRANQUILIZING…WHERE WERE THE DEC PEOPLE.OUT CHASING PEOPLE FISHING WITHOUT A LICENSE??
    VERY SAD COMMENTARY AND A ANOTHER BLACK EYE FOR AMHERST!

  5. Bill says:

    The Amherst Times readers and commenters are spot on. This bear was doomed when first he set paw in Amherst where wildlife of any kind, anywhere are not respected or protected.

    Joe D. apparently did hear the shot that killed the bear. Should have been a tranquilizer shot not a kill shot. The bear had been in neighborhoods for days, even after the injury.

    Lois is right, the bear should have been tranquilized, soon after the injury. There were plenty of opportunities.

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