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Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:16 AM

Vt. Governor Chased by 4 Bears in Backyard

Source: Associated Press (via ABC News)

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.

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Shumlin tells the Valley News editorial board that Vermont "almost lost the governor." He says he was within "three feet of getting 'arrrh.'"



Information from: Lebanon Valley News, http://www.vnews.com

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/vt-governor-chased-bears-backyard-16131352#.T4hBY6tYsmQ






See also:

Texting Guy Walks Into Giant Bear
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002552390

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Reply Vt. Governor Chased by 4 Bears in Backyard (Original post)
Ian David Apr 2012 OP
flamingdem Apr 2012 #1
cali Apr 2012 #28
Raven Apr 2012 #2
xchrom Apr 2012 #3
Botany Apr 2012 #4
Ian David Apr 2012 #5
Lefta Dissenter Apr 2012 #11
Liberalynn Apr 2012 #21
McCamy Taylor Apr 2012 #6
grantcart Apr 2012 #8
Enrique Apr 2012 #7
colorado_ufo Apr 2012 #15
AndyTiedye Apr 2012 #33
brooklynite Apr 2012 #9
bluedigger Apr 2012 #10
TheWraith Apr 2012 #17
cali Apr 2012 #29
bluedigger Apr 2012 #30
bvar22 Apr 2012 #12
24601 Apr 2012 #35
Roland99 Apr 2012 #13
valerief Apr 2012 #19
OneGrassRoot Apr 2012 #20
IDemo Apr 2012 #14
liberal N proud Apr 2012 #16
handmade34 Apr 2012 #18
DisgustipatedinCA Apr 2012 #22
Capt. Obvious Apr 2012 #23
Yavin4 Apr 2012 #24
Sabriel Apr 2012 #25
Behind the Aegis Apr 2012 #26
Botany Apr 2012 #27
DFW Apr 2012 #31
PoliticAverse Apr 2012 #32
Steerpike Apr 2012 #34
jmowreader Apr 2012 #36

Response to Ian David (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:19 AM

1. Shumlin is a smart guy but what was he thinking?

You don't chase bears away like deer. I guess he's not a native?

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:23 PM

28. sad to say, the guy is a native.

Born in Brattleboro, Vermont. Grew up in nearby Putney.

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:20 AM

2. He should know better than to have

bird feeders out this time of years. The bears are awake from their winter sleeps and they're hungry. He should also know better than to confront bears with cubs. I guess he won't be doing that again! Glad he wasn't hurt.

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:20 AM

3. 'arrrrgh...nom, nom, nom'. nt

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:21 AM

4. Rule # 1 let the bears do what they are doing.

If a bear is eating like him or her eat and if a mother is w/ her cubs
leave them alone. BTW their has been very few cases of unprovoked
attacks of a black bear on a human .... they tend to run away.

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Response to Botany (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:27 AM

5. Very good point.



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Response to Ian David (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:51 AM

11. LOL

I hope people read that sign all the way to the end.

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Response to Lefta Dissenter (Reply #11)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:37 PM

21. That is rich in humor

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:29 AM

6. An example of "stand your ground" that failed.

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:32 AM

8. lol Well not from the bears perspective. They stood their ground quite effectively.

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:31 AM

7. the same thing happened to another governor once

it ended differently

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Response to Enrique (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 12:41 PM

15. Good grief - Palin's got CRABS!

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Response to Enrique (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 09:07 PM

33. Maybe, When the Moon is Just Right

That bear might get its revenge.

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:33 AM

9. Gee, everyone know that's what the cat's for...

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:35 AM

10. So the Governor doesn't have a security detail?

Really?


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Response to bluedigger (Reply #10)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 12:58 PM

17. It's Vermont. nt

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #10)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:26 PM

29. well, he has a state police driver. Does that count.

This is Vermont. No governor's mansion and very few trappings of office.

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Response to cali (Reply #29)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:50 PM

30. That's the second "oh, it's Vermont..." excuse I've received.

I grew up in Maine and know plenty of Vermonters. They are just as loonie as anyone else.

The Governor should at least get Fish & Wildlife on his speed dial. They have that in Vermont, don't they?

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:54 AM

12. If you don't want bears in your yard,

...don't FEED them.

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #12)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 09:55 PM

35. Does that work on politicians too or just bears?

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:54 AM

13. Guess he'll be on Colbert soon!!!



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Response to Roland99 (Reply #13)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:01 PM

19. My first thought! nt

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Response to Roland99 (Reply #13)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:03 PM

20. LOL! n/t

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 12:03 PM

14. within "three feet of getting 'arrrh.'"

Were these pirate bears?

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 12:52 PM

16. He tried to chase the bears away



You would think living in part of the country that is bear habitat one would know better.

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 12:59 PM

18. great story!!!



they used to try to get to my beehives... I was too smart for them

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:44 PM

22. Howard Dean would have screamed them away

(I was, and remain, a huge fan of Governor Dean).

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:49 PM

23. He should have let out a scream to scare them off

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:53 PM

24. Next Time, Just Throw The Ball Away and the Bears Won't Chase You

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:57 PM

25. Fortunately, Corey Booker saved him by strangling all four at one time.

Just doing my best to help Corey unseat Chuck Norris from the Badass Meme throne.

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:03 PM

26. Hand over the picnic basket and nobody has to get hurt!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #26)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:11 PM

27. Hey Boo Boo

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 03:16 PM

31. You can tell Shumlin is a Democrat in a new England state

A Republican in a southern state would have come out with both assault guns
blazing, missing the bears (though scaring them off), but fatally hitting three
members of families in neighboring houses.

After which, the cops would have patted him on the back for standing his ground,
made him coffee and gone home.

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 03:49 PM

32. If bears want your birdfeed just let it go 'cause man, it's gone. n/t

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 09:49 PM

34. Sounds like Alaska

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Response to Ian David (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 12:01 AM

36. Why couldn't this have happened to Wisconsin's governor?

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