Wednesday, July 11, 2007

"At this point, they believe it is unlikely that anyone will encounter a bear on campus"

That's from this report from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where I taught last year, about the fact that "a North American Black Bear cub weighing about 125 pounds and was spotted in the woods behind the pole barn on St. Clair (behind the first-year parking lot)."

The quote from the linked news story made me nostalgic for my students:
Hobart and William Smith Colleges staff photographer Kevin Colton [said]... "It wasn't like you had this vicious animal coming out from behind with the teeth and claws. He climbed in the dumpster, had some pizza and left."
Here's a Kevin Colton photo of our latest recruit:

Cutie, isn't he?

The college and other authorities are warning that one should not approach him, but should call the police if he's spotted. Not the only campus denizen about whom one might say that, frankly...

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