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Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 2:00 am

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.

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19 comments:

  • watson4sherlock posted at 7:45 am on Wed, Oct 9, 2013.

    watson4sherlock Posts: 11578

    I guess I need to change my name to protect the innocent.

     
  • watson4sherlock posted at 7:45 am on Wed, Oct 9, 2013.

    watson4sherlock Posts: 11578

    But the moderator keeps deleting my comments and not yours.

     
  • watson4sherlock posted at 7:44 am on Wed, Oct 9, 2013.

    watson4sherlock Posts: 11578

    Gee Sue, I didn't even make the sardine comment. I am not your rival for Bryan's attention and neither are the bears.

     
  • sue1955 posted at 8:52 pm on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    sue1955 Posts: 338

    It's no wonder that bears are being seen more and more in Frederick County. All of the development currently going on with all of the trees being cut down (for example, in the English Muffin Way/New Design Rd. area), what was green fields with trees literally two weeks ago is now gone. As such, the bears and other wildlife are being driven out. By the way, it was not smart of the DNR to publicize the use of bait stations. That can give bad people the idea of trapping bears (as is done elsewhere in the U.S.). Depending upon the laws of that particular state, it can be an illegal act - not to mention a horrible thing for innocent bears that just happen to come along. I wish that newspapers would stop and realize that readership is not just comprised of honest, upstanding citizens. It's like when parts of the greater Hagerstown area came out and said that their town is so safe that they can keep their homes/cars unlocked. I knew when I read that that there would be burglaries before too long because criminals read the paper, too! Sure enough, a group of homes in Boonsboro were soon robbed during daylight hours. It was easy to figure out (just by reading the article at the time) that the homes featured unintentionally drew attention to the occupants being away at work during the day. I guess that I'm getting a little off-subject, but I'm just trying to make a comparison to show that media should not be giving away information that can (and often does) give rise to criminal activity.

     
  • backroomfrederick posted at 2:28 pm on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    backroomfrederick Posts: 1287

    Must be the sprawl with no jobs BoCC bear program forcing them to make life changes. Foodstamps are similar to developer kickbacks...We have quite a few lifetime politicians on our welfare rolls.

     
  • Sluefoot Sue posted at 1:58 pm on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    Sluefoot Sue Posts: 48

    I don't quite know why MY comment was removed after reading others that have been posted.

    However, since I guess the game here is make personal snide comments, My dear Mr./Ms. Waston4rsherlock .... just leave Bryan alone. I have no personal connection to him other than to appreciate talent. He is a fine young man. Your "sardine" comment aimed at VOLT was unkind and uncalled for.

     
  • backroomfrederick posted at 12:58 pm on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    backroomfrederick Posts: 1287

    When Frederick developers had a similar problem they just set out a big bowl of honey near Winchester Hall.

     
  • sodalite3 posted at 12:26 pm on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    sodalite3 Posts: 1064

    It's OBAMA's fault....no Munchie lap dogs to chase off them black bears.

     
  • higgledy posted at 12:14 pm on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    higgledy Posts: 463

    Sounds delicious.

     
  • fredneckforever posted at 11:59 am on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    fredneckforever Posts: 1069

    Thank you little fat buddy, coo coo!! [smile]

     
  • watson4sherlock posted at 11:42 am on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    watson4sherlock Posts: 11578

    Growing bear migration can be attributed to a number of factors, including natural food supply and breeding activities.

    Spiker said black bears in Maryland appear to be recolonizing their population, moving from west to east.


    Well DNR that's not a good idea so what's going on with the natural food supply that the bears are heading for more populated areas?

    Isn't that what you're being paid for?

     
  • NASCARLOVER posted at 9:07 am on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    NASCARLOVER Posts: 1241

    [smile][thumbup]

     
  • NASCARLOVER posted at 9:06 am on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    NASCARLOVER Posts: 1241

    'there' advice?

     
  • kingesquivel posted at 8:42 am on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    kingesquivel Posts: 1499

    Just yell 'Git your harass off my porch?'

     
  • thump1202 posted at 7:51 am on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    thump1202 Posts: 799

    With all the national parks shut down the bears can't get back home and must ask for local citizens for help getting past the scary park rangers who turn them back at entrances.

     
  • grizzlay47 posted at 7:13 am on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    grizzlay47 Posts: 1

    Sent a pic of this same bear to the FNP Community Editor last week with Yogi standing on my back porch, no response. I called DNR about options, there advice, remove all bird feeders, harass the bear but don't corner him and he will eventually move on, harass a 300 lb bear?

     
  • kingesquivel posted at 6:32 am on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    kingesquivel Posts: 1499

    People sighting are on the rise, too.

     
  • gayFCSOdetective posted at 6:23 am on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    gayFCSOdetective Posts: 16

    The local sheriff's dept has a "bear" problem too. A majority of the deputies are so over weight.

     
  • kingesquivel posted at 5:23 am on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    kingesquivel Posts: 1499

    Sardines in oil for bears?. That's a $100 dish at Volt's...

     

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