Bear sightings on the rise in Frederick County
This black bear was spotted last month in the backyard of a home in Eastview, a development off Shookstown Road west of Frederick.
- By the Numbers
Frederick County bear sightings by the numbers
2012: 40 sightings; 57 total reports
2011: 53 sightings; 78 total reports
2010: 19 sightings; 28 total reports
2009: 29 sightings; 43 total reports
2008: 14 sightings; 36 total reports
Source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources
- From Facebook
We asked our Facebook followers whether they'd seen any bears. Here's what some of them had to say:
Kate Null-Reisinger My inlaws had a cub around their house for a couple days (maybe 2 years ago) we have tons of of pictures and the kids enjoyed sharing their 'bear stories' !
Karen Kane Last week in Monrovia
Elaine Lowman I have seen several, I live up in gambrill state park, the most I have seen at once is a mamma and 3 cubs. The mother had a tracking collar on. I have seen them in Cunningham, gambrill and wolfsville ......they are more common than people think
Jann Rabin Years ago we had a bear around here -- my son worked at McDonalds and would walk to and from. I told him until the bear was caught that I would be driving him -- to a bear he smelled like a walking hamburger after work.
Patrice Carroll I live on sugarloaf mt and have never seen a bear and really want to
Lisa Kreiner A friend of mine lives on Bethel road. He has a bear that visits his yard on a regular basis. The bear has destroyed some of his bird feeders, and will sometimes go into his garage if the door is left open.
Andrea Petrisko Wachtel Saw one a month or so ago on Ridge rd. in Braddock Heights.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 2:00 am
Posted on Oct 8, 2013
Spotting a 300-pound black bear in a residential driveway may soon become more common in Frederick County.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources officials are reporting an increase in bear activity throughout the county in recent years, including 57 reports filed in 2012. Forty of those were for actual sightings, while the others may be from spotting bear scat or tampered trash cans, according to statistics from the department.
Frederick news post
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 2:00 am.