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Emergency Bear Board Alert: Sand Lick - Dirigo - Amandaville - Chance Sector

Deer hunter watches young bear "in fascination" for 30 minutes or more. Sighting in northern Cumberland County in the Highway 704 and Crocus Creek area where Cumberland, Adair, and Russell Counties all come together.

By Ed Waggener
Columbia! Magazine Wildlife Ed.

To all members of the Blue Ribbon Bear Board: A 100% reliable report of a young black bear, probably a boy bear looking for a girl bear, has been received by on operative whose name we are not yet ready to release.

The bear was sighted in the northern reaches of Cumberland County.The report reads:
Do you all get many reports of black bears in Adair County? My son in law was deer hunting on our farm in northern Cumberland County (Highway 704 and Crocus Creek area where Cumberland, Adair, and Russell Counties all come together) and saw a young black bear in the woods - he watched it in fascination for about 30 minutes.

We had heard reports of bears in that general area, but had not spotted one on our property. It's pretty amazing how the wild life variety has increased through the years.
Yes, it is an amazing report, and if we gave you the name of this secret operative's name, you'd be amazed. BBRB members should take caution, and should be armed with some form of Kodak.

If possible, pose bear in front of . . . Chance Store

If possible, pose the black bear in front of a recognizable scene, such as the Chance Store, Emory Chapel Church, or the old Longview Store. There is a lot of scepticals out there who are going to say our bear picture was shot in Pigeon Forge.

A photo at Spoon's Store or Yellowhammer School would be a 11-star winner, should the young fellow wander that far north.

Keep in mind that your Jan. 1, 1997, Bear Board membership card is still valid, if authentically signed by Ed Waggener, C! Wildlife Ed., and Gary Coomer, Dean of the Bear Board, and if an up-to-date date has been conscientiously forged.

A photo will be a token of redemption

Getting a picture is a matter of redemption, especially for me. When a black bear wandered through Adair County a couple of years ago, and was validated by a number of reputable citizens, it was reported in another publication, not the Scientific American of Adair County Bear scholarship, Columbia Magazine, and its Blue Ribbon Bear Board.

An actual picture would give us the same comeback the United States had when the U.S. landed on the moon. No self-respecting Columbian could look a Muscovite in the eye all those years when they got ahead of us with Sputnik.

If you qualify for the board and need a new card (they're all dated Jan. 1, 1997), e-mail us at: .
Click here for new poll " How soon will we be able to have validated photo of Wild Bear in Adair"?
For those too young to remember the BBRB, Click here for the whole Blue Ribbon Bear Board topic and don't be faked out by the current picture at the top of the page. That's just a fluke of the system

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