A friend of mine sent me this questionable e-mail about finding a bear with a combine:
Subject: Combine Bear
This happened down near Decatur/Taylorville,IL. this farming season. Just
thought Id share with ya all.
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 5 feet deep. The bear
was trying to dig out from under the wheel but could not get out, the DNR
told them to shoot it. It dressed out 287 pounds, and was a male.
Troy got a bear with the combine. He was combining our corn over at
Measners field and fell into a big hole. He thought it was a badger hole
until a big black paw came out. Pretty soon a head appeared. They knew
for sure it was no badger. He wasn't very happy either. He was 300
Look, I hate to propagate e-mail hoaxes, but this is a good one if it is.
But a bear in central IL??? BTW, anybody know these guys?
A 300-pound raccoon I could believe.