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June 4, 2014

Brazen bear roaming around Bronston

Bronston —

Folks down here in the boondocks are just a bit envious about a bear roaming the streets in Berea  and getting all the good publicity this week on Lexington television stations. We’ve got bears down here, too, probably just as big and maybe as mean.
Proof is in the puddin’. A black bear was walking around big as Ike last week on Ky. 90 in Bronston.  We were quite offended because our bear was ignored by the TV cameras.
 The bear report came into the Commonwealth Journal newsroom in the midst of local election reaction and every reporter was tied up detailing cheers of winners and excuses from losers. 
It was a bad time for a bear to show up, especially if he (boar) or she (sow) wanted publicity. Might keep that in mind if you plan some kind of stunt to make headlines.
The person who spotted the bear left her cell phone number but for some reason or another our return calls once the election was over have gone unanswered.
The reporter answering the spotter’s call did get some quotes: She said the bear walked through her neighbor’s backyard and then walked out on Ky. 90.
“There were little children out there playing, and everything,” she said. It was about 10 o’clock in the morning.
This was the second bear reported in the Bronston area during the past several years. A bear trotted around on the lakeshore while contractors were building the new bridge over Lake Cumberland on Ky. 90. Another time, a woman south of the river was hanging out clothes in her backyard when a bear came walking by. 
Steven Dobey, wildlife program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, said it’s not uncommon to see a bear this time of year.
“Bear families begin breaking up about the middle of May,” said Dobey. The mother (sow) bear kicks out her cubs, now a year old, and once the young bears leave the family, they roam, he explained.

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