Yellow-Yellow, Famous Adirondack Black Bear That Could Open Canisters, Killed By Hunter | Off Message
Pin It
Favorite

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Yellow-Yellow, Famous Adirondack Black Bear That Could Open Canisters, Killed By Hunter

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM

yellow_yellow.jpg

Yellow-Yellow, we bearly knew ye.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise is reporting that a hunter shot and killed the famous black bear known as Yellow-Yellow last month. The 20-year-old female — named for the two yellow tracking tags that wildlife officials attached to her ears in 2004 as part of a High Peaks bear study — became a national celebrity in 2009 when the New York Times wrote about her unusual ability to open a "bear-proof" food container called the BearVault.

Seven Days' Ken Picard wrote about the brilliant bruin for our 2011 Adirondack issue. Click here to read "A Cause for Paws," (July 27, 2011).

According to the Daily Enterprise:

The roughly 20-year-old sow was killed on Friday, Oct. 21 in the town of Jay, said DEC spokesman Dave Winchell. The hunter contacted DEC because the bear was wearing a radio collar, which was later used to identify her, Winchell said. Neither of bear's yellow ear tags were on her ears when DEC wildlife checked, and the hunter reported that the animal did not have them when he shot it.

The Adirondack Alamack has a touching obituary for Yellow-Yellow, which includes this great line:

Apparently, advanced age brought about an alleged increased aggressiveness toward campers and hikers with food, which is a common phenomenon among the animal kingdom as anyone observing geriatrics at a Denny’s around five in the afternoon can attest. Perhaps this aggressiveness played a role in her recent demise.

RIP, Yellow-Yellow. We'll see you at that big pic-a-nic in the sky.

Photo credit: File photo courtesy of Ed Reed

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Pin It
Favorite

About The Author

Andy Bromage

Andy Bromage

Bio:
Andy Bromage was a Seven Days staff writer from 2009-2012, and the news editor from 2012-2013.

More by Andy Bromage

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

Social Club

Like Seven Days contests and events? Join the club!

See an example of this newsletter...

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative
newsletters:

All content © 2017 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation