With Admiration, Native Voices Say Farewell to ‘Amherst bear’

July 13, 2018
The 'Amherst bear,' as photographed by James Horton, in his Getzville yard. Nate Benson for seven years has operated the Twitter account @TheAmherstBear.
The “Amherst bear,” as photographed by James Horton, in his Getzville yard.

Larry Becelia, like thousands of us in Western New York, had followed news reports about the mysterious journey of the animal that came to be known as the Amherst bear, until that bear was shot to death this week.

Unlike most of us, Becelia’s job demands interacting with the animals in a way that is about as routine as it can ever be when dealing with black bears.

The tale in Amherst, he said, is a classic example of why he holds the bears in such high regard.
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