I live the village of West Newton, in a city of 85,000, eight miles from Boston. The Massachusetts Turnpike runs through it. As do trains, cars, bikes, and a whole lot of people. Yet on Sunday, a 120-pound bear was found in a tree about a quarter of a mile from my house.
Adding to the wildlife roster: deer, coyotoes, fox, howler cats... what's next?
I'm also sad to learn that the bear was killed rather than sedated and saved. And the outcry has begun. Surely the Newton's police could have come up with a stun gun when the Department of Environmental Protection's police tranq gun jammed (the official story). After all, the Newton Police Department is literally across the street from where the bear was found.
Newton's first bear, but certainly not the last.