Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wild Thing

We celebrate the wild thing, enjoying song & excitement, honoring the dark & dangerous.

But when the wild approaches, pussies get nervous ...

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA is in an uproar over a single furry tourist: a black bear who likely swam across the Cape Cod Canal (or perhaps crossed one of the three bridges) and over two weeks gradually made his way down the peninsula to Provincetown, where the Pilgrims first landed.

Bruins fever has hit the Cape before, but this time there's a measure of conflict. Should the bear be left in peace (he's not as yet threatened anyone) or should he be captured and relocated?

Should the dangers of the wild be purged from among us?

Late last night, Massachusetts officials reportedly shot Cape Cod's only wild bear with an immobilizing dart, put him in one of their official vehicles, and carried him off.

Top Photo
State officials take sedated Cape Cod bear from Wellfleet's woods (Cape Cod Times photo by Lezli Rowell )