October 10, 2009

Pet bear Kills Woman

What a tragic story. A woman in Pennsylvania died this week after being attacked by the pet bear she had taken in as her own. The woman, Kelly Ann Walz, was found in the cage she had for the bear, which she was apparently cleaning at the time of the attack.

This storyof a pet vbear attacknig a woman would seem to raise questions about the safety and legality of owning a bear, but apparently this was fully legal and the woman was regularly inspected by the state and approved. For more details see the article below:

Pet bear Kills Woman

Police say they're investigating the death of a Pennsylvania woman who was apparently killed by her pet bear. State Police confirmed Kelly Ann Walz, 37, of Ross Township, Pa., died Sunday while feeding and cleaning out the cage of her pet 350 pound black bear...

Pet bear Kills Woman

Posted at October 10, 2009 3:26 AM

Sad that she was killed. My heart goes out to family. She sounds like a very loving person. Bears are beautiful creatures and I think we can have a relationship with them if very cautious but more on there terms than ours.An Adult bear is very different from a baby and its instincts for freedom and territory etc must be respected. . Bears were not meant to be in cages not even for just a short time. they definitely don't have any moral dilemma with killing. I had a full grown timber wolf I raised from a pup and no matter how much you love them at some point they want to establish who is dominant. It is not a conscious decision just part of who they are. And a bear has the same inherent instincts it doesn't matter how much you love them...If you have a bear as
a pet you better be sure ( if that's possible) that you know everything there is to know about keeping your relationship alive

Posted by: thomas Allen at October 10, 2009 11:23 AM

I am sadden that she was killed. But people these are wild animals no matter how much you think you can domesticate these animals. They animals are not meant to be caged, they are meant to be free in the wilderness, wild, roaming freely. Their natural wild instincts will kick in sooner or later.

Posted by: nitra b at October 10, 2009 1:59 PM

She kept it in a 15x15 concrete cell. It is idiotic to think that any wild animal incarcerated in such a manner will not eventually go insane from all of its pent up energy and lack of contact with nature. She got what she deserved. The bear, however, didn't.

Posted by: Mike at October 10, 2009 2:48 PM

Mike, while you make one good point, the rest of your comments deem you an idiot.

Posted by: Anna at October 10, 2009 3:33 PM

Thankfully, we are a free country. However, freedom comes with responsibility (Jefferson). Therefore, as long as a person shows responsibility for following the existing rules, then that person can keep wild animals...even in a cage. My question is why. If you care, why lock up a wild animal? If the victim had an educational purpose,like zoos, perhaps she had a reason. But to keep wild animals just because we can, does not speak well of wisdom needed to employ freedom. I extend my sorrows & prayers to the family and remaining animals.

Posted by: Brooks at October 10, 2009 4:17 PM

It was a sad and tragic thing,but also a sad reminder.Bears are no more domestic like than poodles or chihauhaus are to live in the wild.However I am sorry she had to find out the hard way.

Posted by: Deanna Hayes at October 10, 2009 7:49 PM

Well , the lady meant well, she did not get what she deserved. Some day, you will get what you deserve guy.

Posted by: miller at October 10, 2009 11:05 PM

Sad to hear this story. The woman souds she is fond of animals but a wild animal ramains wild. Hope people owning wild animals as pets learn a lot from this story to prevent any other tragedy. May her soul rest in peace.

Posted by: Amina at October 11, 2009 2:21 AM

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