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Massachusetts police: Don't chase bears with hatchet while drunk

The North Adams Police Department warned residents who spot bears against "going all Davy Crockett chasing it through the woods drunk with a dull hatchet."

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Ben Hooper
A black bear crosses the road. Photo by Andrea Izzotti/Shutterstock
A black bear crosses the road. Photo by Andrea Izzotti/Shutterstock

NORTH ADAMS, Mass., May 14 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts police department has a message for citizens: "Chasing bears through the woods drunk with a dull hatchet is strongly not advised."

The North Adams Police Department said in a Facebook post the incident "really did happen" Monday and "the hatchet man was taken into protective custody due to his incapacitation from the consumption of alcoholic beverage."

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"The North Adams Police Department is urging everyone to NOT chase bears through the woods with a dull hatchet, drunk," the post said.

The post urged residents to steer clear of bears rather than "going all Davy Crockett chasing it through the woods drunk with a dull hatchet. It is just a bad idea and not going to end well."

Police said they are still working to determine what the man's planned "end game" was if he had caught up to the animal.

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