Hunting Big Game in Urban Areas

As residential areas spread deeper into the countryside, animal poaching moves closer to home

Angela Schneider / The Livingston Enterprise / AP Photo/

A bull elk bugles as a tourist takes a photograph in Mammoth, Wyoming on September 25, 2007.

For years the floor show--rather, the parking-lot show--at the High Elevations Bar & Restaurant in the busy northeastern Pennsylvania village of White Haven starred Teddy, a bigger-than-average black bear that Dumpster-dived, chased his butt in circles and all but rode a tiny bicycle. That is, until some crackpot with a crossbow shot the 600-lb. (about 270 kg) creature dead early on the morning of Sept. 12. "Just a shame," says Tim Conway, a wildlife-conservation officer with the Pennsylvania game commission. "You always wonder who could do something like that."

Poachers usually practice their barbaric craft off the beaten track, but lately...

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