Bearsville: Now with more bears

Above: A bear in Roscoe, who would have a better shot at making international news headlines in the next county over. Photo by John Rosetti; shared in the Watershed Post's Flickr group pool.

Breaking news: Newspapers everywhere are unable to resist news about bears in Bearsville.

The Times Herald-Record reports today that a home on Shale Drive in the Woodstock hamlet of Bearsville has been the target of a marauding mother bear and her cubs no less than four times. Jeremiah Horrigan reports:

Following their first bear invasion that Friday, the Knowles family locked the windows and doors and left home for a dinner gathering.

They returned a few hours later to find a kitchen casement window had been torn open, its lock twisted into uselessness. Their home had been trashed all over again.

The family cleaned up their home and went to bed, hoping they'd have no move visits from bears.

But the next day was the worst. Knowles and his family returned home at 7 p.m. to find the house completely ransacked. The bears had trashed 7-year-old Takemi's bedroom, rummaging through his closet, even defecating on his bed.

Since then, the AP has picked up the story, and it's gone national -- even international. Here it is in the Sacramento Bee, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and even the Herald Sun in the Australian state of Victoria.