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You can't teach an old dog new tricks, but an animal trainer from New Hampshire proves you can teach a bear just about anything.

A trained bear at Clark's Trading Post has learned a new trick that will help raise money to care for animals.

Trainers have taught the black bear, named Echo, to spin a drum and draw a raffle ticket out of it. The person whose ticket is drawn will win a teddy bear made from real bear hair.

Maureen Clark said that she began training Echo about a week ago.

"I started to teach her to spin it, which she learned right away," Clark said. "The next trick was to get her to pick out one ticket — just one."

Echo will be drawing the ticket for real on Monday.

Clark's trading post came up with the idea of making a teddy bear out of real bear hair to raise money for the Lancaster Humane Society.

Clark's sister, Nola Grant, knit the teddy bear, and the hair came from another resident bear, Victoria.  Grant said the hair was easily available from grooming the bear.

The teddy bear took about 20 hours to knit, but Grant said it was worth it to help a worthy cause.

"While I was knitting, my pug dog sat beside me smelling the bear hair and wondering what on Earth I was doing," Grant said. "I feel very good about it because we all love animals here and we've just been really happy it's going to a good cause," Clark said.

So far the raffle has raised more than $11,000. On Monday, all eyes will be on Echo as she performs her new trick by picking the winning ticket.

Clark did not mention if the bear is being considered to replace the Tennessee Lottery's computerized drawing, but it does seem to be more reliable.

A bear draws the winning lottery tickets in Pennsylvania. A bear draws the winning lottery tickets in Pennsylvania.

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Posted: October 11, 2007, 12:17 am - IP Logged

Don't you know bears are godless killing machines? They'll draw your numbers, and then eat your brains.

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    Posted: October 11, 2007, 8:34 am - IP Logged

    Don't you know bears are godless killing machines? They'll draw your numbers, and then eat your brains.

    Huh?  What?

     

    Check the State Lottery Report Card
    What grade did your lottery earn?

     

    Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
    Help eliminate computerized drawings!

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      Posted: October 11, 2007, 9:22 am - IP Logged

      Huh?  What?

      Barely humor, but bearable nevertheless.

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        Posted: October 11, 2007, 12:00 pm - IP Logged

        It just kills me that nobody picked up on the last line in the story.

         

        Check the State Lottery Report Card
        What grade did your lottery earn?

         

        Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
        Help eliminate computerized drawings!

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          Posted: October 11, 2007, 12:31 pm - IP Logged

          Clark did mention: The bear is being offered to the Tennessee Lottery to replace the flawed computerized drawings. Wink

          A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

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            Posted: October 11, 2007, 12:39 pm - IP Logged

            Huh?  What?

            i think jimmy was making a reference to stephen colbert who always jokes that bears are the number one threat to americas safety Yes Nod

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              Posted: October 11, 2007, 12:40 pm - IP Logged

              It just kills me that nobody picked up on the last line in the story.

              even  the bear would want us to go back to the ball drawing in tennessee so the bear would be an upgrade from rebecca anyday

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                Posted: October 11, 2007, 12:49 pm - IP Logged

                Don't you know bears are godless killing machines? They'll draw your numbers, and then eat your brains.

                lol. I got a good laugh out of it. That's funny! Green laugh

                Don't Chase... Compare and Narrow

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                  Posted: October 11, 2007, 1:10 pm - IP Logged

                  Evil Looking>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>I Agree!

                  BEAR's are "better" than RNG

                  ("eat" more CROW>>>TENNESSEE or FIX-IT...................NOW!!!!!) 

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                    Posted: October 11, 2007, 5:40 pm - IP Logged

                    You can't teach an old dog new tricks, but an animal trainer from New Hampshire proves you can teach a bear just about anything.

                    A trained bear at Clark's Trading Post has learned a new trick that will help raise money to care for animals.

                    Trainers have taught the black bear, named Echo, to spin a drum and draw a raffle ticket out of it. The person whose ticket is drawn will win a teddy bear made from real bear hair.

                    Maureen Clark said that she began training Echo about a week ago.

                    "I started to teach her to spin it, which she learned right away," Clark said. "The next trick was to get her to pick out one ticket — just one."

                    Echo will be drawing the ticket for real on Monday.

                    Clark's trading post came up with the idea of making a teddy bear out of real bear hair to raise money for the Lancaster Humane Society.

                    Clark's sister, Nola Grant, knit the teddy bear, and the hair came from another resident bear, Victoria.  Grant said the hair was easily available from grooming the bear.

                    The teddy bear took about 20 hours to knit, but Grant said it was worth it to help a worthy cause.

                    "While I was knitting, my pug dog sat beside me smelling the bear hair and wondering what on Earth I was doing," Grant said. "I feel very good about it because we all love animals here and we've just been really happy it's going to a good cause," Clark said.

                    So far the raffle has raised more than $11,000. On Monday, all eyes will be on Echo as she performs her new trick by picking the winning ticket.

                    Clark did not mention if the bear is being considered to replace the Tennessee Lottery's computerized drawing, but it does seem to be more reliable.

                    A bear draws the winning lottery tickets in Pennsylvania. A bear draws the winning lottery tickets in Pennsylvania.

                    that  would  be a refreshing  Idea animals  drawing  the  number  and  just  think ,  no  overhead  except  food  ;  In  PA they  have  a  ground  hog  who  predicts  weather  now  a  Bear  who  draws  lottery  tickets ,and  not  state  contrled  numbers  I  like  it  already;Tenns.  here  we  come  its  Bearly-  fleasesiable:White Bounce

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                      Posted: October 11, 2007, 10:53 pm - IP Logged

                      When they said "bear drawing" I thought they said "bare drawing" and there'd be a naked person drawing the numbers. OH well... hey, I think this is part of a super secret experiment as a solution for the TN Lottery. A bear picking the numbers is a LOT more honest and less problematic than their buggy new RNG system! I remember in the "Pepsi Billions" game they had a monkey pick those winning numbers.

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                        Posted: October 12, 2007, 12:10 am - IP Logged

                        Wow!  Clark's is still in business?  When I was a kid I thought it was so cool to feed the bears at Clark's and take a ride around on the railroad. The last time I went there, I wasn't a kid any more. I watched the bears sitting on these tiny platforms way up high in the trees. The idea was for the visitor to buy a treat and then put it in a cup. The bears were trained to pull on the rope until the cup reached them and they lowered the pulley so you'd do it again.  I was so disturbed that I began to cry. I know the Clarks give money to charity and recently saved a local animal shelter, but it's also a lot of free national advertising for them.  It's sad that their lives as a circus act is actually better than living in the wild where these magnificent creatures used to live for over 30 years, but now average 5 to 7 if they're lucky.  Too bad they don't know how to build a condo or shoot a gun.  Maybe a good compromise would be if the Clarks took some of the money they've been raking in from this roadside attraction for over 70 years and allow these animals to roam in a protected sanctuary.  After all, the state motto in NH is "Live Free or Die."

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                          Posted: October 12, 2007, 7:20 am - IP Logged

                          Clark did mention: The bear is being offered to the Tennessee Lottery to replace the flawed computerized drawings. Wink

                          Unfortunately I doubt he'd get the job - he'd be considered overqualified for it....

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                            Posted: October 12, 2007, 10:13 am - IP Logged

                            me thinks all computerized drawing are flawed.

                            but what do i know?i was dumb enough to join the army in 1991

                            because i believed what they were saying.

                            young and dumb i guess?Rant