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Thursday, November 29, 2012

'Bear attack' killed local man

'Bear attack' killed local man

Game agency, police disagree on cause

November 27, 2012
By LANA MUTHLER , The Express

SWISSDALE - State police say a Woodward Township man died from a bear attack.
The state Game Commission, however, disagrees, believing that Gary Lininger died of injuries caused when a tree fell on him.

Lininger, 62, died on Oct. 16, according to the Clinton County coroner.
His body was found four days later outside his secluded mountain home along Tedrow Lane, just off Coudersport Pike (Route 664) above the village of Swissdale and some eight miles north of Lock Haven.

Coroner Donald G. Walker said the death was not suspicious, but he ordered an autopsy to determine the cause because of the uncertain circumstances surrounding Lininger's passing.
Walker declined any comment on the case other than saying the death was accidental.
But his finding prompted an immediate investigation by state police at Lamar and the state Game Commission.

Trooper Matthew R. McDermott, who headed the probe, released his final report Tuesday afternoon, saying that, while Lininger's death was accidental, "a bear attacked the victim."  Read more...

7 comments :

Anonymous said...

oh no mr roe your bear wouldnt do that

Anonymous said...

the feeder was empty and he needed rescued to refill it. bear logic.they did'nt have the jaws of life at the ready

Anonymous said...

game commisssion what a joke. just the they told me it is a people problem not a bear problem. well it soon became that bears problem and then no more problems. not saying they are right or wrong in this case but 99.9 percent of the time they are full of it.

JJT said...

That's why you should always carry a loaded weapon with you. The best way to take care of these "unwanted visitors" is with a strategically placed bullet.

Anonymous said...

He was feeding bears on his property and then "He" was feeding a bear !

Anonymous said...

There is a lot of (baiting) bears in Austin sad but true!

Anonymous said...

The PA. game comission likes to say that there has never been a recorded incident of anyone ever being killed by bear in PA. I beg to differ as back in the 1880's or 90's a young man was killed by either a bear or panther while going after the family cows just 4 miles north of Emporium. The locals thought a panther did it, but there were almost no panthers left in PA by that time, so it almost had to be by a bear...