Bears at Maymont killed

Bears at Maymont killed

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Auburn Hills, MI

#1 Feb 24, 2006
Maymont employees are mourning the death of the park's two black bears. The animals were sedated and given a lethal injection around midday after Maymont officials met behind closed doors for nearly three hours with representatives from the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

A 4 yr old child and at least 1 parent were apparently at the rear of the 2-acre bear exhibit Saturday when the child climbed a 4-foot wooden fence into a restricted area and approached the 10-foot chain-link fence that surrounds the bears. One of the bears bit the 4-year-old boy last weekend. Both bears, ages 12 and 9, were euthanized because it was not known which one bit the boy.

What are you thoughts?

Auburn Hills, MI

#2 Feb 24, 2006
I simply can't find the words to articulate my outrage. Gross negligence and child endangerment by ONE "who cares" parent, and now the entire greater Richmond area is without a familar treasure. What could any parent be thinking to allow that to happen? I so desparately hope they can be charged/convicted with some crime. That won't bring the bears back, and it won't make matters right, but it would at least inject a small (perhaps symbolic) dose justice. Unbelievable.

Auburn Hills, MI

#3 Feb 24, 2006
This has got to be the cruelest & worse event I have ever heard of. I BLAME the Fish & Wildlife Dept for making a very "RASH" decision to cover their "butts" & I blame the parents of that child even MORE. Child Protection should be called in to find out why the parents are so irresponsible for the death of two "innocent bears". This is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE by everyone involved. Why is the name of the parents "being protected" to start with. There is MORE to this story then we have heard. UNREAL!
mk in va

Richmond, VA

#4 Feb 24, 2006

apparently major wilder intends to investigate....


#5 Feb 25, 2006

San Jose, CA

#6 Feb 25, 2006
I was just at maymont not a week ago. I saw the four foot fence that seperates the exhibit from the general population and the ten foot fence; for a four year old to be able to climb the four foot fence without a parent noticing is absolutely negligent on the parent(s) part. I had my eight year old and 14 month old with me, there is no way my EIGHT year old could have climbed that fence without my noticing.
As for the dep't. of games and wildlife...what are they thinking?!!!! How could they come to the conclusion that the bears should be euthanized when these wild creatures were reacting to their natural is not as if the bears visicously attacked the child for no apparent reason, they were reacting through natural instincts.
I think the parents should be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law for child endangerment and neglect and that the Dept of games and wildlife should financially compensate Maymont for their rash, ill-planned, and unnecessary involvement in the "execution" of these bears. Maybe Maymont would be able to replace the bear exhibit if they were compensated to do so.
Finally, the parents should be banned from ever going back to Maymont and also be blacklisted from bringing suit against Maymont for any "damages/medical expenses".

Auburn Hills, MI

#7 Feb 25, 2006
It's just keeps getting worse-

More than 300 people gathered at Maymont today to remember the two black bears killed Thursday after one of them bit a 4-year-old boy.

The event lost its way early on when some people shouted out questions, demanding to know why the bears, ages 9 and 12, were euthanized so quickly and why they were buried at a landfill and not on park grounds. A Maymont official quickly broke up the question-and-answer session.

"This is where they grew up," said Bob Cruickshanks, a Northside resident. "They should have been buried here. That's totally ridiculous-they handled it like they were stray animals or something." Julia Dixon, spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, said the carcasses needed to be disposed of quickly and "could have potentially carried a disease."

The bears remains were dumped at a landfill!

Addison, TX

#8 Feb 27, 2006
I think this was a very cruel act against these animals. I agree that the parents should be prosecuted for their actions. That is the problem with society today, the parents were completely irresponsible for letting a 4 year old CHILD go unattended long enough for this to happen. I also blame VA Dept of Inland Game and Fisheries for their neglagence for letting the bears be murdered for something that could have been prevented if it weren't for the parents. I think that people should voice their opinion to the Dept of Inland Game and Fisheries at the following address [email protected] And the fact that they were dumped in a landfill was totally barberic. Nice to know that these are the people in charge of the wildlife in Virginia.

United States

#9 Feb 27, 2006
Once again parents are raising a child that will assume all laws are meant to be broken (and to cry wolf when it might suit their needs)Shame on the parents ,they were at fault and because they could not or would not admit fault the bears had to take the punishment!
Too bad this set of parents did not have the maternal instints that a bear does!

Atlanta, GA

#10 Feb 27, 2006
It seems that people are wondering if the child was even bitten at all. The parent may be more to blame than we all think. But then again this is just speculation right now.

San Jose, CA

#11 Feb 27, 2006
Erin wrote:
It seems that people are wondering if the child was even bitten at all. The parent may be more to blame than we all think. But then again this is just speculation right now.
Last I heard, the child's "bite" was so superficial, that the child did not even require any stiches...They killed two healthy bears for this?! I agree that the parent(s) should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for child endangerment and/or neglect.

Auburn Hills, MI

#12 Feb 28, 2006
The mother of the child bitten by a bear at Maymont says she's upset about what happened. She told a local Richmond newspaper that she called the health department to say she was going to have her son treated for rabies. But says she was told that the bears had already been put down so that they could be tested for the disease.

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Mar 1, 2006
I agree that this was a very bad decision made by both the Mother and Maymont. But lets take a minute and think about what is Richmond's priorities. Since when does the death of Wild Animals warrent a Press conference? Does Mayor Wilder really think that this investigation is worth the taxpayers money?? Shouldn't we be using these tax dollars for the investigation of the Harveys, or the missing teens??? The city should be focused on saving human lives and the prevention of crime.

Auburn Hills, MI

#14 Mar 4, 2006
There is some more information about the motherís role in all of this. Reports reveal that the mother had taken her son to Maymont to see these bears for years and allowed her son to feed these bears despite the signs posted, clearly warning not to feed the bears.

They also say the mother has told two separate inconsistent stories, possibly even a third account of what happened on the day when her son was apparently bitten. The City says there was a lack of cooperation by the mother of the child during the inquiry process as well as a failure to fully incorporate her opinion in the decision-making process in determining what steps to take after her child received medical treatment.

United States

#15 Mar 6, 2006
I took this photo of one of the bears on the exact fence where this occured. I dont understand how you could let your kid stick their hand towards a wild bear.
Anywho, heres the link to the photo:

Plano, TX

#16 Mar 7, 2006
This is VERY sad. However, I think Maymont should have more than a little wooden fence between wild bears and little kids.. Also, the bears weren't put to sleep until 5 days after he was bitten, news articles make it seem that the kid got bitten, and a few hours later they were killing the bears;(

my 2 cents

[Maymonts official timeline]

Alexandria, VA

#17 Mar 10, 2006
I actually know someone who is friends with and works with the mother. He said on Tuesday (2 days after the bite) she came to work and told everyone she knew some of the employees at the park and said she had been feeding the bears for years and no one said anything. She was not that concerned because the way she was telling the story, it was with giggles and "a matter-of-fact" attitude. He was trying, in his own way, to stick up for her. He did not realize it could be incriminating against her. I think she was commensing to her usual rule-breaking feeding and the boy was bitten. Then, realizing she could be held accountable, decided to change her story again and tell the papers she lost sight of her son for a minute. The thing is, she does not have a consistent story. Also, she did not become remorseful until public opinion about her had blown up in her face. There are alot of intelligent people out there who agree she is responsible. Why is this so difficult to enforce? Accident? Yes. But should the bears just have to take one for the team? Absolutely not!

Auburn Hills, MI

#18 Mar 29, 2006
New bears may be coming to Maymont. That word came Wednesday as Richmond releases its final report on the Maymont bear investigation.

The 17-page report says the state will look for two new bears to replace the pair killed in February after a young boy was bitten.

It also states that measures will be taken against some Richmond employees who didn't take appropriate action. Changes will also be made to improve communication between city and state agencies..

Highland Springs, VA

#19 Jan 6, 2008
what a freakin idiot that mom was! why would she let her child in their?!

United States

#20 Jan 19, 2008
I would love to see Maymont get new bears BUT I would make certain this mother(?????) NEVER be allowed admittance to the park under any circumstances as it is clear she is NOT a responisbale partent NOR she is trustworthy. Because of one irresponsible person who thinks they can do whatever they please, 2 bears where destroyed when they did nothing they were accused of all because this woman "claimed" her child was bitten. There was NEVER any PROOF at all this actually took place but the bears where destroyed anyway. Oh how easily we humans DESTROY everything we "preceive" to be a threat & we justify our actions with "we are protecting" the public. I have to ask one question. What action was taken against this "mother?????" who made this wild claim? We know what happened to the bears. But what about her?

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