Skip to comments.Stony Point Resident Shoots Black Bear During Family Barbecue (NY)
Posted on 07/02/2012 6:14:40 AM PDT by marktwain
A Stony Point resident hosting a family barbecue shot a black bear he deemed a threat to his guests when the bear would not leave his property Saturday afternoon.
The incident took place at approximately 1 p.m. at 567 Willow Grove Road, Stony Point Police Sgt. John Wood told Patch. Guests, including children, were outside when the bear came onto the property and at the time of the shooting, but police did not know how many.
"The bear came onto his property in close proximity to his guests and was not shooing away," said Sgt. Wood. "He took matters into his own hands."
The homeowner, Richard Wheeler, used a rifle to shoot the bear, which died at the scene. The Department of Environmental Conservation arrived at the home and "found everything to be fine," said Sgt. Wood. A DEC represtentative was not available for an interview at the time of publication.
The DEC released the bear to Wheeler, who declined a phone interview with Patch regarding the incident.
The Willow Grove Road home is located in a relatively low density, wooded area close to Harriman State Park.
Several bear sightings in the Hudson Valley region have been reported recently. Earlier this June, black bears were spotted in New Castle and at Armonk's Wampus Elementary and H.C. Crittenden Middle Schools. The DEC provided safety tips following those sightings.
"Any time people come in contact with a bear, call the police," advised Sgt. Wood. "Try not to go near a bear."
Killed with a .22? That’s some pretty good shot placement there.
With a 22???? Wonder where he hit him?
No kidding, maybe he shot him in the eye.
We had a bear (about a year and a half old) walk through our back yard a couple of weeks ago. Fortunately, we were all inside.
Third strike and out.
I almost ran over one last Wednesday here in northern Jersey, came around a sharp turn and there he was strolling across the road in front of me....(good 300 lb’er)
but but but .22s are so weak it takes 10 rounds to just maim a squirrel!!!
(Proof that success isn’t just in the the tool(s) used, it’s knowing how to use it)
“The DEC released the bear to Wheeler”
Bear steaks, anyone?
“He took matters into his own hands.”
Do I detect a note of finger wagging? “Not really a crime, citizen...yet. But we ARE professionals....”
Maybe its just me...
“He took matters into his own hands.”
Do I detect a note of finger wagging? “Not really a crime, citizen...yet. But we ARE professionals....You are supposed to be trembling in fear and call us.”
Maybe its just me...
He be a good boy.
He be turning his life around.
He just be going for some skittles and ice tea.
Dat killer be racist.
Sorry for the double post...tried to stop it...
We had three come up my driveway and through the side yard two weeks ago. It was a mama(300#)and two yearlings(125# each).
A guy driving by in his car watched them walk across the road in front of him and right up my driveway. He started beaping his horn because my 9 year old beagle bitch Honey was about 25 feet away from the mama and barking at her.
Honey did not like those bears in HER yard.
These three bears have been seen several times over the last month in my area of southern NH. They have become comfortable around houses. They know that people put out food to feed the birds, squirrels, turkeys, etc.
Or a 30 round magazine.
They know that people put out food to feed the birds, squirrels, turkeys,bears etc
Regardless, if rim-fire's all you have, It's better than a frying pan.
Maybe the report of a .22 is to cover legalities — could it be everything larger than .22 is banned in NY !
I actually had that once at some Hunting Club Dinner when I was about 18 - 'Black Bear Steak'. As I recall it was a tad 'gamey' and the meat was 'stringy'. And when you're used to only beef it would take some getting used to.
And it does not taste like chicken. ;-)
More likely, the bears are overpopulating for the territory they have. Time to SSS and thin the herd.
Heh. I had a beagle when I was a kid. He got upset enough when squirrels came into his yard. A bear would have had him foaming at the mouth, all the hair on his back standing up. I’m pretty sure he could have shooed a bear away. A bear would have found him too small and annoying to mess with.
We have the same problem with liberals around here. Is it a good idea to apply the same philosophy?
I'm just a bit south into NJ, but I wont work my acreage without a sidearm or rifle. Too many coyote, bear and whacky people around here.
Figures. Wait until the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Bears (NAACB) hears about this, not to mention the New Black Bears (NBB).
And I can't wait to see Al Sharpteeth and Jawsy Jackson bemoaning the plight of minority bears.
If you give a bear some barbecue he’s going to want a beer.
Killing a bear with a .22 falls into the realm of Divine intervention. For an eye shot, you’d have to be able to hit a moving and partially obscured target the size of a 50 cent piece, under duress. The round would have to enter at just the right angle so as to not embed itself in the orbital bone, or ricochet off from a pathway to the brain. And, most importantly, being a rim fire, you’d have to count on it not misfiring.
Just South of Bear Mountain State Park :)
Words to live by! :-)
“Honey did not like those bears in HER yard.”
Honey needs to try using a scale and looking in a mirror for a dose of reality. Honey is a snack.
Now don’t you be messin’ with dem black bruins. Bear power!
Anyway, if my backyard was in bear country, I wouldn’t aim on one with anything less than 30-06. A 45-70 would give even more peace of mind.
but anyone who hunts larger game knows that a .22 is unsuitable for game such as black bear
shot placement or not, it’s chancy and too risky to leave a maimed animal or a very slow death
it’s like ego hunting to me...same notion as women having babies in a risky fashion with no medical help around because it’s more pure or natural..yet riskier if complications happen
i don’t hunt predators as a rule but would shoot any to protect myself or mine and would prefer larger caliber...
folks down here where I live in Tennessee who hunt bear use most often probably the ubiquitous .30-06
another note is that tracking a wounded bear of any sort through think cover is certainly not where you want to take that .22 with you that you just used to wound him/her
where seconds count and bullet energy matters
for what it’s worth.....22LR is perfect for squirrel
for those who can’t see or aim as well....20 gauge shotgun in light load will fill yer bag quicker
.410 only come full choke and shoot such a tight box that you have to pick even more lead out and miss more
i confess i don’t eat squirrel anymore...but my kids do...a lot of trouble for a gamey little critter
Now that there's racist, idn’t it?
gun control is hitting your target
More likely the humans overpopulated the bears turf
A .22 was probably all he had available, in which case he should have gotten everybody into the house and taken his shots from a window. If you're gonna piss off a bear, better to do it from relative safety.
No offense, but I don’t think 8 beagles are going to intimidate a momma bear.
My neighbor has a couple ankle bitters who think they are bears. They even kick sand with their front paws. I guess when you kick sand, that makes you extra badass.
“Stony Point Resident Shoots Black... During Family Barbecue (NY)”
Somebody call Trevon’s lawyer!
“Shoot him Lisbeth!!”
Unfortunately for da bears, they are not top on the totem pole of creation. They are overpopulated for the amount of land the illegal invaders have left for them in our country.
However, on the upside they have much more land now available in Mexico and South America.
Better, yes, however, a cast iron skillet can be useful.
I don't know about you, but I would include "rabid mountain lion" in one of my worst-case scenarios.
“another note is that tracking a wounded bear of any sort through think cover is certainly not where you want to take that .22 with you that you just used to wound him/her”
Damn right. We ran a black bear and 2 cubs out of camp and they headed into a thicket right beside the tree where the bear bag was tied off. Three of us drew straws to see who it was gonna be to go untie it and re-hang it on a better limb.