Cheryl Balensiefen took the best photos of the Bureau County bear, the photos that will preserve it for history. She shot them just southwest of Buda in Macon Township on Dec. 30 while her husband Kent drove.
Apparently, the Bureau County bear was captured yesterday two or three miles to the west of their farm and shipped to southern Illinois, according to this report in the News Tribune.
So I called for Cheryl's reaction.
``That is probably best for the bear. Then nobody will harm him. I guess I am OK with it. I would like to see him run around, but I think somebody would end up hurting him and make him a rug or something.''
Unfortunately, she is probably more accurate than I would like to believe.
But I sided with what her husband Kent had originally said: ``I would like to see him around.''
More is in the Jan. 3 Stray Casts.