21 May Hatchet Wielding Drunk Protects Kids from Bear
On May 12th a Massachusetts man was taken into protective custody for chasing a bear with a dull hatchet in attempts to protect school children while he was under the influence of alcohol.
The North Adams Police department released a statement on their Facebook saying,
We understand there are bears in the area. If you see a bear, LEAVE IT ALONE and call us. We certainly don’t need anyone going all Davy Crockett chasing it through the woods drunk with a dull hatchet. It is just a bad idea and not going to end well.
That’s not bad for a Police department statement. But I would have gone with something a little more Christopher Nolan.
He’s the drunk, bear-chasing hero North Adams deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll put him in protective custody. Because he needs to sleep it off. Because he’s not our hero. He’s a stumbling guardian, a watchful protector. A drunk knight.
The man saw a bear roaming a residential area near a school and park in North Adams and decided he’d take matters into his own hand. He thought that it’d be a good idea to chase the bear with a dull hatchet in order to protect the children at the nearby school.
Black bears are native to the area and are not uncommon to be roaming around. There have been many sighting within the community and police have received many calls of bear sightings in the last month.
The police department have been taking their part in educating the community to remove bird feeders and trash from open areas to reduce the risks of dangerous bear encounters.
They are urging residents that if they sight a bear to call the police department and do not try to take matters into their own hands as the drunk man did.
North Adams Police department posted the message on their Facebook, which has gone viral. Police Sgt. James Burdick claims that even though bear sighting are common in the area, he has never heard of a bear harming a person in North Adams during his 33 years working on the force.
By educating residents, Burdick hopes to keep all the communities members safe and urge them not to chase bears with hatchets.