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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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Bear on a bridge pictures

January 09, 2008 at 01:02 PM

Well, well. It’s nice to see e-mail does not always bring the liar out in people. A recent wild e-mail of a bear on a bridge turns out to actually be true, though the following photos might make you wonder at first (if you haven’t already seen this 10 times, which is possible given the easy clicking world in which we live).

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As the story goes,

“The bear was walking across the “Rainbow Bridge” in Truckee California, on the I-80, California/ Nevada State line, when two cars also crossed the bridge from both directions. The bear was so scared, with no place to run, made a leap over the side of the bridge. The motorists stopped their cars in horror of what just happened and ran to the edge to see how badly the bear was injured. To their amazement, they saw that bear had somehow grasped the lower ledge of the bridge support as it fell and pulled itself back up.

“The authorities were notified that night and after making an assessment, they decided there was nothing that could be done until the following morning. Authorities returned at day break to find the bear sleeping on the ledge of the bridge support. A large, construction style, safety net was hung under the bridge and the bear was shot with a tranquilizing dart; then safely lowered to the ground below.”

Pictures appear to have been pilfered from the Sierra Sun’s Web site. Click here to read more about the amazing rescue, shown below.

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