Culled from the Police Reports page of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle come the best of the Bozeman police reports from the last week along with some items from the Sheriff’s Office.
The word “hyperphagia” is one that we are starting to hear a lot around here as the local bear population gorges themselves prior to their long winter sleep and reports of these animals being where humans think they shouldn’t be are beginning to trickle in. I recall that last year there was a report of a black bear walking cooly down Main Street looking for something to eat, so, it should be interesting to see what happens this year, particularly if that downtown stroll is repeated in the wee hours of a weekend morning and the hungry bear interacts with some of the locals, for example, the subject of the second item below.
- A black bear crossed the road near West College and Grand streets at 10:54 p.m.
- A man calling from a West Main Street pay phone said he “hasn’t seen a sober moment in the last week” and asked for a ride to the hospital at 1:48 a.m.
- A woman called to report that a man revved his engine at her and frightened her.
- A 4-year-old boy on Chestnut Grove Avenue sprayed himself and his mother in the face with bear mace at 11:20 a.m.
- Three apparently homeless men were walking through a Commerce Way parking lot at 8:02 p.m. When asked what they were doing, they said “if (you’re) going to ask that question then we’re wasting (our) time.”