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BRBB: Four bears spotted this past week in Adair Co., KY

Lone bear seen in cornfield off KY 704; Momma bear and two cubs seen on Chestnut Flats along Greenbriar Road in Adair County District Three. Eyewitness account reports biggest, darkest bobcat he's ever seen.

By Ed Waggener

Billy Joe Fudge, newly sworn member of the ancient and exalted Blue Ribbon Bear Board assigned to the Greenhills sector and the Adair/Cumberland County frontier, reports two sightings of four bears in Adair County District 3, and Gary Coomer, Dean of the BRBB, was notified today up at the college.

A single bear was seen in the cornfield just south of Chance Road on KY 704 along Crocus Creek. The exact date of this report is not known, nor is the bear's gender know. "Nobody turned the bear up and tickled its stomach," Mr. Fudge said, "so just say 'gender not known,'" but hw said he'd surmise it was a male bear.

The other sighting, however, was most certainly a Momma Bear. She was seen with two little cubs on the Chestnut Flats on Greenbriar Road, Sunday evening, November 15, 2009, by an Adair County oil man whose name Fudge says he is not at liberty to divulge just yet. "But he tells the truth," he said.

"The important thing is that more and more bears are being reported in this area," Fudge said. "They are expanding their area out of Cumberland County and headed up this way."

Fudge is eyewitness to another a rare specimen of a not so rare species. "I saw the biggest, darkest bobcat I've ever seen," he said. "It must have weighed about 35 pounds. It came out of the Earl's Cemetery on to 704 and must have stayed in the road for two minutes. I got within 20 feet of it."

He said that he has seen bobcats before and this was definitely one--and not a catamount or panther. "It had tufted ears," he said.

He said 'it' was as far as he'd go on the bobcat's gender, too. "I kept the window rolled up while I watched it," he said. "I wasn't about to get out and tickle its stomach to see whether it was a boy or girl bobcat. I'd as soon have check the bear as that thing."

He gives ground to a bobcat that size, even though, as far as our research has shown, even a 35 pound bobcat has never et a skinny retired forester, though they do sometimes take on prey up to eight times their body weight.

The Kentucky Fish & Wildlife reports only two bobcats, one hunted, the other trapped, have be taken in Adair County in 2009, and none in Russell, Cumberland, or Metcalfe County, the nighest counties to this bobcat rich area where Billy Joe Fudge saw the 35 pounder.

Members the BRBB fully expect to have photographs of Bears at recognizable Adair County landmarks within 12 months. -EW

This story was posted on 2009-11-18 10:57:59
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