Eagle River Telegram
Sunday, February 25th 1917
Blond Bear-Man is a Deer Thief?
Ironwood, Michigan, Feb. 24th
It looks as if it may be Halloween in February fo the Ironwood Sheriff's Department as they are bemused once again by more fantastic reports of the Blonde Bear-Man that people had witnessed walking across Cloverland Drive after a church service last October.
Saturday's report came in front of two men who apparently watched from a distance as what they described as a giant man in a fur suit proceeded to steal a deer they had hung from a tree to be gutted. Local officers suggested it might have been a white bear or timberwolf, while the hunters insisted that the fellow or beastie had indeed quickly dashed off on two feet while it carried their kill away under its arm. The sheriff's department commented that should they locate the perpetrator and it is a man in furs, he will be charged with petty larceny of making off with the deer carcass. However, if it should turn out to be a white bear, Sheriff Miller has plans for a new pelt-rug in front of his hearth.