By Greg O'Brien
Does a bear shit in the woods?
Maybe today in Brewster.
Or perhaps me!
A roving bear that was seen earlier in backyards and cranberry bogs on the Mid Cape has made its way to Brewster, off historic Stony Brook Road near the herring run where a few straggling alewives are still making their way up the stone ladders to spawn in the Mill Ponds.
The bear was reported judiciously to Brewster police; cruisers were then dispatched and a helicopter spotter was put in the air.
The Boston Globe reported that Brewster police Lieutenant Heath Eldredge said the first sighting today was near Red Top Road around 9 a.m., and a short time later, the bear was observed near Stony Brook Road and Herring Brook Lane.
The neighborhood where I’ve lived for 30 years had all the feel this morning of Mayberry R.F.D.
Stop! The Rod & Gun Club is that way!
“The bear most likely swam across the Cape Cod Canal, a feat that would be fairly easy for a bear if the tide were mostly flat,” reports Colin Young of the Boston Globe, noting ironically that the bear, likely a two-year-old cub, was spotted earlier along Route 6A, fleeing toward the Bass River Rod and Gun Club.
Dutiful reporter than I am, I called my old buddy Brewster Police Chief Dick Koch just to rattle his cage.
He said he was on my street hours ago trying to locate the marauding cub. He must be hungry, I thought. The cub, not the chief.
What would late naturalist John Hay, a former neighbor, say if the bear snags a herring out of The Run?
The author of a classic book by the name would have been mystified, the cub displaying the same olfactory instinct of the alewife.
Brewster Town Administrator Charlie Sumner, a neighbor, was a bit more pragmatic.
He told a friend that he had called his wife Cindy in jest, and suggested to her that she strap a Salmon to her back on her walk in the woods today.
Last check, Cindy hadn’t left the house.