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Hey, Spike! asks: Is fresh road-kill another Bumper the Bear?

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily/Bob Helton
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About 20 years ago, a bear was smacked out on I-70 near Frisco while making a Dumpster run. It was stuffed and became known as Bumper the Bear, mascot of the National Roadkill Museum.

Today, 12-year-old Bumper sits in the Schoolhouse Museum on Old Main Street Frisco with nary a mention of his notoriety.

And just down the street in Rob Philippe’s Antique Train Barn Emporium is the National Roadkill Museum Outlet.

Bumper was the subject of a weekly column in the long-gone Ten Mile Times, which offered up tid-bits of local stuff along with recipes, menus, and oft-submitted T-shirts, Roadkill Helper, Canned Roadkill and Roadkill Red Wine. Even Denver’s Westword did a cover story.

Right now Colorado Division of Wildlife authorities are looking for Bumper’s brother, an even larger bear which was like-wise fatally injured when it was apparently hit by an as-yet-un-ID’d vehicle at Mile Marker 201 on I-70 on July 1.

The strangeness doesn’t end there.

Colorado State Patrol troopers responded to calls of the bear’s demise and location. Dutifully, they show up, note it’s dead and not a threat, then wrap some yellow crime scene tape around it and get back on the road, leaving it for DOW officers.

While the troopers were on-scene, longtime local excavator and big game hunter Bob Helton saw the activity, stopped and took this photo.

Bob saw that the front left leg paw was missing several digits, which appeared to be severed cleanly between the joints – but remaining was the bear’s middle finger.

Then, like the troopers, Bob left to go about his business.

But, before the DOW arrived, someone else got there and absconded with the monster bear, a violation of a slew of state and federal laws. And bear parts are quite valuable – a gall bladder can go for $8,000, sources say.

Now, DOW wants its bear carcass. Bumper wants his brother – Bumbro. Maybe something can be worked out.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

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Meanwhile, wasn’t it a fabulous Fourth of July all over The Top? Here are just some of the folks making it so:

Mark Anesti, Dave Patterson, Steve Miller, Ann and Frank Amorosa, John and Lynn O’Connor, Gary and Dawn Sonnett, Kim, Tony, and Dominick DiLallo, Carol and Connor Craig, Gary and Phyllis Martinez, Lynda and Denny Riead, Kim Abernathy and mom Florence, Mary and Dave Drawbert, Mayor John Warner, Pat Butler, Julie, Frosty, Connor and Courtney Krause, Carol Meirow, Ron Shelton, Tom Trahey and Kathy Robinson, Pam and Chuck Cook, Karen, Kara and Steven Lampe, Jan Marshall, Anne Wardrop, Steve Puchek and Cynthia Goda, Carol and Jeff Hjort, Errol and Sue Miller, Susie Veeneman Craig, Gala and Sam Eppstein, Teresa Simcox, Brenda and Rob Hughey, Maureen Nichols, Debbie Gruenstein of Silverthorne and Philadelphia; Nancy Smith from Philly; Kim and Blake Lord, Doris and Elmer Koneman, Amy and Anita Lange, Lisa Noll, Tom Kramer, Cindy Beers and Paul Austin, Christine Berkline, Peg and Mark Rinehart, Cherri and Wayne Abbott, Judith Pollack, Drew and Mark Beling, Nick Payne, Candace Watson, Howard and Deanie Zelkin, Charlie, Dina and Crystal Williams, Sherry Wofford, Lyn Philips, Ava Liebendorfer, Steve Estes, Patty Andrews, Sylvia Williams, Glenda Daniels, Cheryllynn Goldberry, Erin Till, Nicole Ransberger, Cheryl Zimmerman, Pam Seegers, Brooke Melanson, Karen Walters, Pete and Ronda Campbell, Jim and Connie Bull, Gary and Jackie Sandblom, Lou Wagner and Sandy Mortensen, Evergreen’s Peter and Susan Simon and son Saling, Mayor Bill Pelham, Jerry and Sherrie Divine, Don and CJ Johnson, Randy and Judy Hoch, Craig Williamson of Parker; Denny and Cheryl Parkinson, Wendy and Chuck Boyd, Jerry Minor, John and Susan Gadeken and sons Ben and Jake, Scott Gray, Mo and Dan Reisdroph, Kathy Ireland and Sue from Boulder; Andy Schuetz, Andrew and Evie Snyder, Joanie Merrick, Dr. Doug Stein and Entourage, and The Annunziata Family.

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Welcome to Mike and Connie Schultz of the new Sunburst store at Third and Old Main Street Frisco.

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Frisco ReMax Broker Sharon Siler celebrates her 60th birthday on Tuesday with a party put on by husband Larry-The-Fisherman.

“My ski/hike buddies gave me the nickname of Betty Bad Ass,” CrossFit buff Sharon admits. “Friends and family in San Diego don’t know what’s come over me during 10 years of living in Summit County.”

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Miles F. Porter IV, has been a resident of Summit County since 1982. Email: milesfporteriv@aol.com


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