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Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:59 PM

Vermont governor chased by 4 bears in backyard


Associated Press
Posted: 04/13/2012 09:37:07 AM PDT
Updated: 04/13/2012 09:37:09 AM PDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says he was chased and nearly caught by four bears that were raiding his birdfeeders.

Shumlin says he was in bed in his rented Montpelier home late Wednesday night when he heard what turned out to be four bears in the backyard.

He says he looked out and saw the bears, including two cubs. He tried to chase the bears away, but they kept coming back.

Shumlin says he ran out barefoot in an attempt to rescue his birdfeeders. He says one of the bears charged him on the porch.

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http://www.mercurynews.com/nation-world/ci_20389721/vermont-governor-chased-by-4-bears-backyard

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Reply Vermont governor chased by 4 bears in backyard (Original post)
cali Apr 2012 OP
Wait Wut Apr 2012 #1
cali Apr 2012 #3
Wait Wut Apr 2012 #9
cali Apr 2012 #14
intaglio Apr 2012 #12
joeybee12 Apr 2012 #4
grasswire Apr 2012 #2
Aerows Apr 2012 #5
Wait Wut Apr 2012 #6
cali Apr 2012 #8
MoonRiver Apr 2012 #10
Wait Wut Apr 2012 #13
YellowRubberDuckie Apr 2012 #18
Swamp Lover Apr 2012 #7
sarge43 Apr 2012 #11
matt819 Apr 2012 #15
HappyMe Apr 2012 #16
applegrove Apr 2012 #17
DevonRex Apr 2012 #19

Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:04 PM

1. WTF?

"...in an attempt to rescue his birdfeeders." Is he fucking loony? Good God, man, you can pick up a decent birdfeeder for $20. The birds will get over the lapse in feeding.

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Response to Wait Wut (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:05 PM

3. he's a bit loony- and what's more, this guy actually grew up in Vermont

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Response to cali (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:15 PM

9. Did his parents not like him?

I grew up in Chicago. I was told never to play on the train tracks. Did this guys parents raise him to believe that he had to protect the birdfeeders at ALL costs?

Hell, my parents didn't even like me all that much and they still had enough compassion to teach me how not to get killed by shit.

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Response to Wait Wut (Reply #9)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:20 PM

14. lol.

well, he is from Southern Vermont. Maybe that's the explanation. Or maybe his parents didn't like him and told him to go out and play with the bears when he was a little kid.

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Response to cali (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:19 PM

12. Don't you have cause and effect in the wrong order?

Sorry, Green Mountain.

But it was too good a shot to miss ...

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Response to Wait Wut (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:08 PM

4. I know...and it's a Mama Bear and her cubs...

Talk about nature's most dangerous and protective animal!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:04 PM

2. hmm....chase a mama bear with her cubs nearby

what could be the outcome of that?

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:09 PM

5. I wouldn't fight a bear over a bird feeder

Frankly, I can't think of what I'd fight a bear over unless it was a choice between a bear and a tiger.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:12 PM

6. "I wouldn't fight a bear over a bird feeder"

Y'know, I would hope that the majority of society would say that. It's a bit unnerving when a Governor of an entire friggin' state doesn't get it.

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Response to Wait Wut (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:14 PM

8. well, we're a little state- and he is the most progressive Guv in the country

so cut him some slack.

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Response to cali (Reply #8)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:16 PM

10. Plus he is deeply committed to birds.

Gotta applaud that.

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Response to cali (Reply #8)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:19 PM

13. I'm sure he's a great guy.

I, in fact, know a few Liberals that think just by talking sweet to wild animals that they can bond with them. None have been eaten, yet, but one was chased by an elk. It was friggin' hilarious.

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Response to Wait Wut (Reply #13)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 07:55 PM

18. My grandma was not a liberal...

...but she could freaking coax a robin to her hand to eat out of it.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:12 PM

7. I could have warned him about that charging bear thing....

 

bears are notorious for hating Democrats with bare feet. I think it's even in the national Geographic.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:17 PM

11. Dumbass. Sows with cubs have the no quarter asked nor given 'tude.

He got lucky.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:20 PM

15. What an idiot!

We have periodic visits from "our bears." The dogs alert us to their visits, usually at around 2 in the morning. I go downstairs, call upstairs to my wife to say, "it's only the bear," and then go back to bed. Anyone who lives in New England knows you don't go chasing the bears. The odds are reasonably decent that nothing much will happen, but still, chasing a bear in the middle of the night?

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:24 PM

16. Good grief!

There are plenty of bird feeders for sale.

Some friends further up in the Catskills don't put out bird feeders anymore, just for this reason.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 07:24 PM

17. What an idiot.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 08:00 PM

19. And he TOLD people?????

That's the kind of thing you keep to yourself if you're dumb enough to do it in the first place.

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