Photo Credit: Newton Patch
Was this the bear that was sighted or a facsimile?
BLACK BEAR SIGHTED IN AREA: From the Newton Patch, Monday, June 25, 2012:
According to scanner reports, daycares near the Newton/Needham line are on a "lock down" following the bear sighting off 2nd Avenue. Residents were reminded to 'keep their distance' if they spot a bear and to bring in all bird feeders or leftover food, try to cover all trash when possible to prevent any odors that would lure a bear into a residential area."
When the peaches were ripe, the black bears were ready, and one late August, early September night, the kids were tenting in the field in front of the cabin on top of Wilbraham Mountain when they heard shuffling and snuffling outside of their tent. Not knowing what to do, they did nothing and lived to tell the tale.
Little Karoun (while sitting on the cabin porch) saw a black bear sauntering across the field, coming up from Uncle George's bee hives and heading into the woods towards Monson. (I guess the bees scared the bear away when it attempted to taste their honey.) Deron remembers Karoun telling of this encounter, but today, Karoun remembers nothing of that black bear.
Marash Girl never could figure out how to bar against "b'ar" the unlockable doors of the mountaintop cabin in Wilbraham, just in case a bear decided that s/he preferred Armenian cooking to what was available in the wilds.