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The BearDude Story, Data vs Dogma

Allen Piche

April 14, 2015



Could a tale about a marijuana grow op guarded by more than a dozen black bears get any weirder? Yes. It was a crime story that all but wrote itself. In 2010, police investigating an outdoor marijuana operation in British Columbia's southern Interior uncovered more than just pot plants. As the officers worked to dismantle the grow op, bears sauntered out of the woods, first six, then another four, and by final count as many as two dozen. When police searched the nearby house of an eccentric recluse, they found a "frantic" Vietnamese pot-bellied pig and a "laid back" raccoon.

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