Beloved Bipedal Bear Named Pedals Believed Killed By Hunter

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A beloved black bear that won hearts after he was spotted walking around New Jersey on two legs, earning him the name Pedals, is believed to have been killed by a bow hunter.

A Facebook page created for the famous bear, which walked on his hind legs because of injuries to his front paws, announced Pedals’ death Friday. It cited witnesses at a designated black bear check station that allegedly saw the bear’s body and also heard the hunter bragging about taking down the popular animal.

“The hunter who has wanted him dead for nearly 3 years had the satisfaction of putting an arrow through him, bragging at the station,” read the Facebook post, which sparked anger and sadness among some of the page’s 22,000 fans.

In a statement, the state’s Division of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that a black bear was brought into the station earlier this week, but said they have been unable to confirm whether it was Pedals since the bear was never tagged.

“There are pictures of a bear with injured limbs that was brought into the station,” Bob Considine, a spokesman for the Division of Fish and Wildlife, described the animal to NorthJersey.com.

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Pedals the bear was seen strolling around a New Jersey neighborhood back in June.

Lisa Rose-Rublack, who created the bear’s Facebook page, had raised more than $22,000 to move the bear to a sanctuary in upstate New York. Her fundraiser followed concerns that the disabled bear wouldn’t be able to survive winter.

Incredibly, Pedals was filmed walking around a neighborhood in Oakridge, New Jersey, in June.

Despite the funds raised, the bear’s relocation was never approved by the state’s Department of Wildlife, Rose-Rublack told The New York Daily News.

“We raised all the money, we had a place for him to go,” she said. The money they collected will instead be used to “do some good in his memory.”

A second Facebook post on Saturday went on to say that the writer doesn’t know the name of the hunter and that there is “no credible proof of who did it.”

It asked that the public refrain from accusing specific individuals and making threats.

“As awful as it is that someone killed Pedals as NJDFW has stated he was fair game, no laws were broken. We tried to get him protection to no avail. Please I beg you to stop all of this, you do not have any proof of who killed him,” the post read.

The state’s black bear hunting season ended on Saturday. A total of 549 bears were killed over the six-day period, according to the state’s online records.

The hunt is designed to maintain the bear populations and enhance public safety, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

21 thoughts on “Beloved Bipedal Bear Named Pedals Believed Killed By Hunter

  1. So the poor bear with damaged paws (and how were those paws hurt?), walked upright and got attention, so some throwback wanted the distinction of killing him/her. Another candidate for a miscarriage that unfortunately didn’t happen.

  2. There’s a word for people like this, beginning with an “A”. I can’t imagine anyone who would brag that he killed an injured animal, probably the only way he could hunt anything. I can only imagine what kind of a drooling fool he must be.

    • The only problem with all these death threats against hunters is that they forever remain only that, threats. When activists start ignoring the law and start caring about justice, then something useful will get done.

  3. Absolute abomination!! Due to his prior injuries and unique behavior, he should’ve been given special protection and extra concern for his welfare. Damn shame there is no excuse to justify this act of pure evil! — & then using the most inhumane method of hunting to kill the poor soul!!

  4. Pure evil, or pure stupidity? I think it is the latter. And the problem is, they dominate and rule the world, and considered ‘more important’ than anything else on the planet, even though they are a dime a dozen. This is why it is difficult to have hope that we will change anytime soon.

  5. Nah, no death threats, the media usually blows it all out of proportion (unless it is HRC threatening to drone Julian Assange. Then it’s just a joke.) Has he been given the online trial-by-fire treatment? Better to make them wish they were dead.

    • Although I must say I don’t trust states or special committees, etc. (in this case a glorified garbage collection dept. it sounds like) to manage wildlife. Just like Florida – ‘miraculously’ the hunt is cancelled for the following year. I think those in charge arrange a hunt under the guise of wildlife ‘population control’ and let the sickos and nutjobs go wild killing animals, and then make a show of ‘cancelling’ it the next year so that they end up looking like the good guys. They could at least have protected a practically tame bear from someone who has no concept of hunting, and only wanted to harm a living thing in order to sadden people who enjoyed seeing this animal. Just like with all of those who make it their life’s mission to take out Yellowstone wolves, famous bears, etc. 😦

  6. I don’t know if this “man” (there’s a funny site a woman posted dedicated to what a disappointment he turned out to be, if ya know what I mean🙂 actually did the killing or just bragged about doing it, but what he is guilty of is trolling and tormenting animals rights and animal welfare activists. If he, and those like them, want to rattle the tiger’s cage, then they can expect to get a few swipes right back. I consider that entirely fair. And just to read about these killers pretending to be shaking in their boots over animal rights activists and making up the same tired accusations of threats is amusing. This man gets 0 sympathy from me.

    • Bullies are genrally like this, they don’t like it when their victims fight back. No compassion or respect for anyone (aside from himself) and he had the nerve to call others with those attributes insane? What a psychopath. He wanted to make animal rights people angry, well wish granted.

  7. This makes me very sad. To know that there was a solution in place for this bear . It only takes one idiot who has no respect for life to kill everything. How can they even name hunting a sport?

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