Bears are a threat. And not just to humans--to equids. Specifically, donkeys.

If you aren't familiar with The Colbert Report, host Honorable Professor Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, DFA, reviews the Top 5 threats to America during the Threat Down portion of his Comedy Central news broadcast. Along with zombies, robots, and icebergs, Colbert frequently cites bears as a top threat to the nation.

Read more about Colbert's stance on bears, from Wikiality, The Truthiness Encyclopedia (potentially NFSW). And did you know you can generate your own Threat Down? Delightful.

So where do the donkeys come in?

In Canada, that's where.

According to an article in the Salmon Arm Observer, a small black bear is the leading suspect in the death of an area donkey, although the case details read like a script from CSI.

A bear was reported in the area. Bear tracks and scat were found in the donkey's pen. But the donkey's wounds were inconsistent with a bear's normal feeding habits.

"Why it's kind of confusing me is bears will consume large amounts of meat at one time, and the pictures show very little had been taken," Conservation Officer Michael Richardson said. "So it's a mystery."

Additionally, there was no blood in the area the donkey was found, leading the donkey's owner to believe it panicked and died of fright before being fed upon.

"I'm not 100% sure that it was a bear, but with the information I've received so far, and what I've found on the scene, I may be 66% sure it's this bear," Richardson told the paper.

In Ontario, a mature black bear recently killed a pet donkey on a farm between Mountain Grove and Parham, according to KingstonThisWeek.com.  

"The bear must have come right up to the door and killed the donkey there," donkey owner Bob Hawley told the paper. "I saw drag marks over the road and thought it was beavers dragging brush, and then I saw a carcass and thought it was a deer. When I looked closer I saw it was my donkey."

For yet another weird case from TheHorse.com archive, see "Sulky Horse Fends Off Attacking Bear" and "Swedish Authorities Question Alleged Bear Attack."

For a more serious take on this topic, see "Horses and Wild Animals."


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