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Claim: Photographs show a bear trapped beneath a combine.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
Variations: Other versions of this
Subject: Bear - Washburn, ILOrigins: The pictures displayed above stem from an encounter between a combine and bear that took place on a rented corn field in East Farmington Township, Wisconsin, on
This bear was found 8.5 miles north of Washburn Illinois. Mason Shirley sent him this email. His dad, Greg Shirley farms in the Washburn area. Greg's neighbor is the farmer.
Check out the picture My neighbor last Friday got this bear with the combine a half mile north of me. The combine was stuck, and the den hole was
Unfortunately, the bear could not be extricated from beneath the combine (which was loaded down with
Later versions of the e-mail claimed the photos stemmed from farms near various towns around Illinois (e.g., Washburn, Decatur, Kewanee), prompting denials from officials with that state's Department of Natural Resources, who said Illinois has no black bear population.
A similar incident involving a bear and a combine took place just one week later on a farm near Osseo, Wisconsin.
Last updated: 1 December 2006
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