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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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Mouse in the house? So what

July 29, 2009 at 06:50 AM

For the past few days, I’ve been trying to outsmart a mouse in my garage. So far the mouse is winning. But I had to laugh at my tiny problem compared to this story about a homeowner in Oregon.

OR man grabs shotgun, kills bear in house

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Everett Skinner and his family have started keeping their windows closed at night after a bear broke into their southwest Oregon home and he fatally shot it.

The bear ripped off a window screen and climbed into their den Saturday night, Skinner said.

Skinner’s daughter Nicole awoke at about 11:30 p.m. to a strange shuffling sound and was the first to spot the bruin. She quickly retreated to her parents’ room to get help.

Everett Skinner grabbed his shotgun and went to the den, where he and the bear saw each other at about the same time. He said the animal stood up and headed toward him, so he fired.

“It didn’t even faze him,” Skinner said. In all, he fired his shotgun four times, killing the animal.

Skinner said he tried to donate the carcass to a wildlife rehabilitation center that takes road-killed deer, but apparently none of the animals there eat bear meat. Eventually, he used his tractor to bury the bear.

The Skinners say they don’t know why the bear invaded their home, about eight miles from Grants Pass.

“In hindsight, you start thinking of all that could have gone wrong,” Nicole Skinner said. “We were very blessed that this didn’t go badly.”

Family members have done what they can to clean up the den, but Skinner says they’re probably going to have to replace the carpet because of the “rather bloody mess.”

And they won’t be sleeping with the windows open anymore.

“That’s the last fresh air we’re going to get at night,” Skinner said.

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