Bears recently twice ransacked a home in the small town of Bearsville, NY, before being driven off by the town’s sheriff.
To the editor:
Recently my family and I visited, hoping for a nice getaway in a welcoming small town. I can only say that the people of your town should be ashamed. “Bearsville,” indeed. More like Jerktown. Rudesburg.
I am a working mother who rarely gets a chance to take a holiday with my cubs. Knowing that people are often skittish about bear visits, we chose our holiday destination carefully. Imagine our joy at seeing a whole town dedicated to bears!
When we first arrived we found a nice house and popped in for a bite to eat. So far so good. We went through the kitchen and had some lunch. I made a delicious salmon with honey-moth glaze, and the kids had a blast ripping the cupboards apart.
We left and returned later to see that the homeowners had cleaned up for us! So sweet! So, we had some family time, playing on the furniture. We found all of their furniture juuust right.
At this point, having done nothing wrong, the sheriff of your town declared us a “nuisance” and began shooting at us.
Shooting! At us! No charges, no trial – not even a warning.
Humans of Bearsville, is this what you accept from your law enforcement officers? Or is it just acceptable against bears? So, it’s cute and funny when fake bears take pic-a-nic baskets, but when a real bear goes to Bearsville with her cubs, well this calls for assassination?
Look, if you don’t want bears around, maybe name your town, oh, anything else! It’s practically entrapment! If St. Nick showed up to Santa Claus, Georgia, would you just open fire?
I have already written to my cousins in Alaska and told them they might think twice before popping in to Kodiak to see Wicked, for which they’ve had tickets for 3 months, and it broke their hearts. Three little cubs, crying. I hope you feel good about yourselves, humanity. As for me, I have to explain to my children why we aren’t welcome, even in a town named for us.
I can only hope the people of Cougar, Washington and Buffalo, New York are more welcoming to their visitors.
In conclusion, I would hope your town would take a second look at its policies, and how it treats visitors, especially those you’ve tacitly welcomed. At the very least you should look at changing the name to something a little more honest. Perhaps “NoBearsville” or “ShootAtBearsForNoApparentReasonVille”?