The sighting -- and eventual shooting -- of a bear in downtown Easton last week raises a few questions, Wilkes-Barre outdoors columnist Tom Venesky wrote Sunday.
"With bears expanding both in number and range, perhaps municipal police departments should be trained in how to handle situations such as the one in Easton," wrote Venesky, of the Times-Leader newspaper.
The situation he refers to happened May 20, when a bear wandered into the city, and was ultimately shot and killed by Easton police.
Police Chief Carl Scalzo has said officers made every effort to keep from killing the bear, telling the public last week that the shooting was a last resort measure.
Venesky's column also argues the public should be educated about bears as well, and "and taught to not overreact when a bear passes through their town or neighborhood."
He concludes by noting the "decision by police to shoot the Easton bear wasn’t easy. It’s a tough spot to be in when you’re charged with protecting the public but don’t know when a wild animal poses a threat."
The shooting was a controversial issue on our site, with readers divided on the police's decision.