A dead bear was found dumped this morning on the Western Carolina University campus, draped with a pair of Obama campaign signs, university police said.
Maintenance workers reported about 7:45 a.m. finding a 75-pound bear cub dumped at the roundabout near the Catamount statute at the entrance to campus, said Tom Johnson, chief of university police.
“It looked like it had been shot in the head as best we can tell. A couple of Obama campaign signs had been stapled together and stuck over its head,” Johnson said.
"This is certainly unacceptable," Johnson said. "Someone was wanting to draw attention to the election. If we find out who they are, we’ll make sure they’ll get some attention themselves."
It's not completely clear what message they thought this would carry. Is there a racial subtext? I don't know. Does it imply some kind of solidarity with hunter woman Sarah Palin. Again, I don't know. Whatever the message is, we can be sure it's violent, sick, and unacceptable.
I'd like to know where they got the bear. The article mentions that it is bear season in that part of North Carolina, but in many states it's illegal to kill juvenile animals. Even if it is legal there, most hunters I know would consider it cowardly and unsportsmanlike. I just find it contemptible.
When they catch the guys who did this, I hope they turn them over to a room full of eight-year-olds armed with sharp sicks to administer a suitable justice.