Night Watch Bear, 1914


We recently read about a troupe of acting bears that visited Indianapolis 150 years ago. Another working bear made the news 100 years ago today, but not as an actor. “Boss,” a bear native to the woods of Maine, made the pages of the Philadelphia Evening Ledger on September 26, 1914. Boss worked as a night watchman in a Pennsylvania distillery. The photograph on the left illustrates his method for treeing an intruder. There is also an artist’s conception of Boss (left) apprehending a suspect (right).


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