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Old 01-01-2011, 05:05 PM
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Beloved "Bozo" the Black Bear Shot Dead
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Seventy-one-year-old Leroy Lewis had a unique friend: an almost 900-pound black bear he had been feeding by hand for 17 years. He named the bear Bozo.
On the first day of Pennsylvania’s new archery season, a hunter shot Bozo dead in the animal's Poconos habitat. The Nov. 15 bear kill should have been a great trophy for hunter David Price, as Bozo is now the largest black bear ever taken down in state history.
But for Lewis and many residents of the Bushkill community, the death of the beloved Bozo was a tragedy, reports the Pocono Record.
"I'm devastated. I'm just devastated," Lewis told the Pocono Record Friday. "I mean I feel like I lost a friend. He used to come knock on the door when he was hungry."
The 879-pound bear is the heaviest on record in Pennsylvania by 15 pounds. Bozo surely got to be that size because of the store-bought pies, doughnuts, table-scraps and sweets Lewis would feed him.
"I fed him for 17 years and I raised him from a cub," Lewis, who worked for years as the Fernwood Resort groundkeeper, told the Pocono Record.
"He loved doughnuts and anything sweet. I was never scared of him."
After the community-wide outpouring of grief became known to Price, the hunter who bagged Bozo told the Pocono Record that the whole affair has been upsetting. Price had no idea that the 17-year-old bear was a regular friend to the Fernwood Resort and surrounding residents.
Price told the Record that an event that should have been the pinnacle of his hunting career has been tainted.
Game commission officials say the bear was harvested legally. They also stated that Lewis was doing wrong by feeding the bear.
"He was just so friendly that I felt like feeding him," Lewis told the Record.
"I never felt like I did anything wrong."
Price shot the bear with a crossbow on the opening day of Pennsylvania's new archery season for bear hunting.
The game commission says Price followed the law when he bagged the giant bear.
Price killed the bear near Lewis' trailer, which sits between Fernwood Resort and the border of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
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Leroy Lewis spends some quality time
near his home with the bear he named Bozo.
This photo was taken two or three years ago.
The bear was killed Monday on the first day of
archery season, by which time it had grown to
875 pounds, the largest recorded bear in Pennsylvania.
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Outside his home in Bushkill,
Leroy Lewis reminisces about the black bear he
fed by hand and nicknamed 'Bozo'. The bear was killed
by a hunter.
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Now Im not gonna sit in judgement or cry for the guys pet.
It's illegal in Pennsylvania to feed the bear. Federal park land calls for $5000 fines.
The guy was cited for feeding bear in October.

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