Brookville’s black bear will share the spotlight with no one.

A big black bear became the object of curiosity, admiration, slight fear, and much respect Sunday night as he paid a little visit to our community.

The creature from the north woods departed Brookville about 12:15 a.m. Monday, much to the relief of Brookville Borough Police and several Jefferson County game wardens. But, his stay in this town will be remembered for quite some time.

About 8 p.m. Sunday, patrolman Clyde Ross received a phone call from Ross Work, of Jefferson Street. Mr. Work reported the sighting of a black bear in the alley beside his house. Minutes before, the animal had been noticed eating an apple on the lawn of Meade Shick, of Franklin Avenue.

Patrolman Ross went to the scene and spotted the bear. Then the task of coaxing the bear out of town started. Ross walked the big bruin up to Pickering Street, and then up Shanghi to Church Street.

“I would walk along with the bear for a stretch, and then I would have to go back and get the police cruiser. The animal really had me moving,” related Ross.

When Ross and Mr. Bear reached Church Street, Mr. Bear decided he wanted to go back toward the downtown area. Ross didn’t want the bear downtown. The animal went up Church Street as far as Northside Elementary School, and then headed down the hill to the home of Robert G. Doverspike at Barnett Street. The time was 8:30 p.m.

It was at this point that Ross and Mr. Bear decided to take a little breather after the strenous walk.

Ross called for help from Chief Earl Smith.

The bear, refreshed somewhat, went down the hill to Jefferson Street. Pausing to rest a little bit, he returned to walking the entire length of Jefferson, being coaxed by Ross.

“He would walk for awhile, and then lay down and pant,” Ross said. “He rested serveral times as the walking became a little bit too much for him.”

A new problem arose at this point. The bear went down to the tennis court, which lies just below Jefferson Street and somewhat behind the Presbyterian Church. Ross, fearing the animal was going to cross Main Street at the intersection of White and Valley, raced to the scene to stop traffic. As traffic came to a halt, ole Bruno went down the hill. At the last second he stopped, looked the situation over, and started back up over the hill.

Ross was joined by Game Warden George Miller and Deputy Game Wardens Willie Silvis and Ernest McPherson. At this point, severeal different people also helped in a final effort to corner the animal.

The group walked the bear up Valley Street, hoping to get him to the woody area of North Fork Creek. The bear, not caring to be directed in such a manner, decided he wanted to tour Pine Street Extension.

The group kept moving him, now hoping to get him out of town near the northeastern end of Brookville. They reached the upper end of Pine Street Extension, where many other people joined the movement. The bear, not caring to be near so many people, climbed a tree at the home of Charles Manners. The time was now 9:30 p.m.

For the next two hours, Mr. Bear became the object of many spotlights, flashlights and flashbulbs. Brookville residents came to the scene to view the animal, some came to get pictures, and others just out of curiosity.

The bear stayed in the tree, looking down at his audience in bewilderment and slight annoyment.

Finally, police asked peple to please leave the scene. Corporal George Miller, of the local police department, helped work the bear from the tree. Police, with the assistance of the game wardens, walked the bear out of town. The animal came down from the tree about 12:15 a.m. and was out of town by 12:30 a.m.

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