From the Phoenicia Times:
A Sullivan County man shot and killed a large adult black bear that was menacing his daughter at her home Sunday, the state DEC has reported. The woman was inside with her four children when the bear attempted to break into a bedroom window of the home and swatted at their dog on the porch. DEC and State Police were called to the scene, but before they arrived, the woman called her father, who came over. He fired a warning shot, but the bear did not budge, so he shot and killed the animal. DEC officials later said the bear was tagged and had been a nuisance to others before. No charges were filed against the man who shot the animal.
I have not seen my friendly neighborhood bear this spring so far, which makes me slightly nervous – I figure he’s going to come around soon, so I’d rather not have my back turned to him when he shows up, so to speak. Yesterday I was bent down to the ground scraping paint, with my back to the woods, and I became aware that the robin, who had been singing in the cherry tree, had been silent for a bit too long. I turned around in terror, but I was quite alone. The robin was apparently just taking a break, and started singing again.
And have you ever really heard a robin sing in springtime? I’ve seen them all my life, but I have never heard them sing, really. Here every twilight I get a serenade that lasts a good hour, and is full of beauty and variety. When I got out my binoculars and hunted out the singer, I was shocked to find that it was “just” a robin.