Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Yesterday (as I write it’s 2 pm), we were walking the dog in the nearest larger town in the area – Auburn, CA – when we came upon a crowd and several police vehicles. Something was afoot, and it was right in front of the high school. You can imagine what we thought. Active shooter? It can happen anywhere these days.
But then we noticed there was also a fire truck, and it was shooting water up into one of the cypress trees that surround the school. Was the tree on fire? We’re all a little queasy about fire around here.
We approached the crowd, but someone said we should stop because there was a bear in that tree, and they were trying to get it to come down with the fire hose. The police didn’t know what it would do when it touched ground. Attack the nearest thing that seemed responsible for the hosing? I know I would.
We wanted to see how this played out, but then I realized we were likely to witness the assassination of an innocent bear pretty soon. We decided to skedaddle.
I looked up the story when we got home and learned that the water hadn’t worked. The bear was unmotivated. Instead, the cops shot a couple of bean bags up there, and that prompted the bear to jump down and run across the street to another tree in front of somebody’s house. Thankfully, the students who had been sheltering in place were now free to leave campus for lunch. (Taco Tree, most likely.)
I just know that bear’s a goner, though authorities “hope it will leave on its own.” I’ll keep an eye on the story and post an update when I hear more. One lady at the site said to me, “Placer County shoots anything that moves,” so …
UPDATE: According to the Auburn police department, “The bear was relocated off campus and was not harmed.”
Happy ending? I’m not entirely convinced …