Naked Vermont Governor Almost Eaten by Bears

As you might expect, Gov. Peter Shumlin was naked:

“Real Vermont boys don’t wear pajamas,” he said — meaning he was naked. He told WDEV radio host Mark Johnson he was wearing as much as the bears were.


He saw four bears looting his bird feeders. Naturally, he ran outside to challenge them. They backed off, and Shumlin took down the bird feeders to bring them inside. That's when the bears charged him:

He went back outside to get the other two feeders. The bears appeared unhappy to have their food source taken away. This was especially true of the largest bear, Shumlin said. “He just booked it for the porch,” Shumlin recalled.

The governor took the two feeders and made a beeline for his door, with what Shumlin called the papa bear in hot pursuit.

“When I opened the door, he was on the porch and five feet from the door,” Shumlin said. “I screamed through that door. I didn’t know if the bear was coming through.”


Why did the bears attack? A wildlife warden explained:

The sow might have been aggressive because it perceived the governor as a threat to her cubs.


To be fair, if a naked man yelled at my kids, I'd get upset, too.

Link -via Lowering the Bar | Photo (unrelated) via Flickr user dalliedee

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The Guv must have had a good head start. Bears can clock in at 35 mph. When working at a camp in the Adirondacks years ago, I chased one down a dirt road at that speed just to see how fast it was running.
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