About Brandon Loomis

Brandon Loomis is editor of the Adirondack Explorer.

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  1. Tina says

    Seriously!? Instead of relocating the bear or giving it a break by keeping the camp ground closed for a while, you’re going to kill the bear to make a few bucks in camping revenue. This is absolutely disgusting. That is his home! Killing him!?! Really? This is infuriating. Just so humans can enjoy the land that isn’t even theirs to begin with. That’s the American way!

    • Boreas says

      I would like to see an update on whether the bear ended up being killed. Relocating an aggressive “problem” bear usually just relocates the problem. According to reports, this bear was large, meaning he wasn’t a youngster with the ability to learn to fear humans. It also means he likely didn’t just drop out of the sky. Why did he turn “bad”, since the incidents seemed to increase rapidly? A bear such as this, after relocation, will simply search out the nearest habitation and continue his quest. He/she may be diseased, starving, or stressed in some other way that it has little choice but to search for easy food. If it is killed, a necropsy often will determine if there were other physical factors involved.

      In the words of many a ranger across the country, “a fed bear is a dead bear”. Ultimately, it is up to humans to make sure they are NOT fed – at least by humans.

      • Brandon Loomis says

        The Explorer received this confirmation from DEC Region 5: “Due to a documented escalation of the bear’s aggressive behavior since 2018, DEC determined the bear was a threat to public safety and humanely euthanized the animal following appropriate protocols.”

  2. Darlene Georges says

    That bear should not be killed. He was living in the area and campers came in, of course he’s curious. Humans go into wildlife territory and the wildlife are killed because they scare them? That is just wrong. We have bears come around my area often. I just had a young black bear in my yard two days ago checking out my bird feeders. They have broken them at times but I don’t mind, they are not after me and they live here too. I’m not going to run out and kill the poor thing. They should keep camps out of bear areas and leave them alone.


    When will change our ways. We humans should be ashamed of what we are doing to this planet. Shut down hiking in the area don’t kill. Oh wait, we humans are the most important being in this planet. Shame on US!!!!!!

  4. Sue says

    That bear should not have been killed, though Boreas made some interesting points. We were invading its territory and its behavior was not much different than a dog’s.
    Post signs with images of homo sapiens saying, “WARNING-may fight,drink and shoot with no warning. Hide- till the season is over”.

  5. 46er says

    Please,The Bear was going to hurt a hiker/camper in the near future. If the bear had shredded a hiker, would that make the people who replied negatively about the DEC putting down a bear happy ? You have to strike a balance between hikers and nature. The bear cannot relearn not to forage in human camps, after he’s found meal after meal. I was hiking this area with a group on 8/10/2020. Their was ample warnings by the DEC that anyone camping in the Lake Colden / Calamity Brook Trail Area to use a double bear resistant canister to store food. Next time the DEC has an issue for two years with an aggressive bear, I’ll recommend they relocate this aggressive bear to your back yard.

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