The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is still searching for a bear that attacked and injured a person near Myersville Monday afternoon.

Gregg Bortz, DNR’s media relations manager, said the person was attacked near Rum Springs Road Monday after the resident’s two dogs startled a black bear. The resident was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment for bites and scratches but is no longer hospitalized.

“DNR staff is attempting to locate and trap the bear, which is estimated to weigh 125-150 pounds,” Bortz wrote in an email. “Evidence suggests the bear was startled, and the attack was not predatory.”

The resident who was attacked was not identified, and Bortz said DNR staff will not release the victim’s name.

Bear attacks in Maryland are rare, Bortz said. DNR staff recommends that owners keep their dogs leashed in areas where bears may be present.

Anybody who sees a bear acting aggressively is asked to call DNR’s Western Region Wildlife and Heritage Service office at 301-777-2136.

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Steve Bohnel is the county government reporter for the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at sbohnel@newspost.com. He graduated from Temple University, with a journalism degree in May 2017, and is a die-hard Everton F.C. fan.

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jth7100

As Gabriel can attest, bears are liberal. They don't want us to take the vaccine because they want us to forget the stones in a can. Friggin' bears.

bosco

Bear Lives Matter. [ninja]

C.D.Reid

[thumbup][lol]

jth7100

Thanks Obama!

mrnatural1

Fun videos MD1756, thanks! [beam] [thumbup]

MD1756

I couldn't find the best one I remembered from America's Funniest Videos but it was a kitten ambushing a bear by making a jumping attack out of a bush at the bear and the bear fleeing for his/her life.

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Greg F

Derrrr

mrnatural1

I'm wondering how they plan to positively identify the bear.

Since it was not acting in a predatory manner, why not leave it alone?

lewisantq

mrnatural 1,You are absolutely right. I predict that the DNR will locate a bear, kill it and then justify the action, much as they did in the Frederick county bear attack several years ago. I hope I'm wrong but the DNR seems to be in the pocket of the hunting community and the farm lobby. Enlightened environmental practices don't seem to count. Bob Lewis

gabrielshorn2013

"...the DNR seems to be in the pocket of the hunting community and the farm lobby."

Rather a string accusation Mr. Lewis. What do you base that opinion on? As a hunter, I don't want that animal destroyed any more than you do, nor do my hunting colleagues.

KellyAlzan

Ya hunters do not refer to other hunters as “colleagues” LOL

But that’s cute!

gabrielshorn2013

Exactly what shall I call them Plumbum? My hunting buddies ARE colleagues. We have all worked together for a long time.

KellyAlzan

You should not have access to any guns if you use the word colleagues. Very metropolitan

Greg F

Spot on Gabriel.

Greg F

Kellly...it’s obvious you don’t hunt. Stick to things you do know.

gabrielshorn2013

👍Agreed GregF, but if she is limited to that she couldn't post at all.

lewisantq

Maybe not "that animal" but "sportsman groups" (hunters) lined up to testify against the proposed banning of organized predator hunting contests which can kill hundreds of foxes, coyotes and raccoons. Apparently hunting organizations don't oppose wholesale killing of some species. Another thing, the DNR has adopted the softer pro-hunter vernacular "harvesting" instead of "bagging" or "killing". Also,In Frederick bear incident a couple of years ago,the entire DNR rationale for killing the mother bear and abandoning her three first-year cubs was absurd. Bob

C.D.Reid

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] gabe [lol][lol]

Greg F

Lewis...the hunting community doesn’t want to randomly kill animals...and that’s coming from a liberal hunter who has hunted 45+ years. Want to take Fido out for a walk, leash him and or carry bear spray. The bears are here to stay.

awteam2000

“Anybody who sees a bear acting aggressively is asked to call DNR’s Western Region Wildlife and Heritage Service office at 301-777-2136.” Are bears acting aggressively,” or even common to see? If I see a bear around my dwelling, I’m calling.

mrnatural1

I hope you're joking awteam.

We have bears around our house frequently -- as many as 3 at a time. The overwhelming majority of black bears are like cattle -- they spook easily. Sometimes, if they feel threatened, they will snort and maybe slap the ground with their front paws but it's a bluff.

When they see people, they run. They will even run from small dogs.

I'm not suggesting that people try to pet one, but they are not a threat.

If you do nothing they will just sniff around looking for food and then leave.

They are actually very timid.

Black bear attacks are exceedingly rare. Quote:

"“This is the rarest of rare,” said Candy Thomson, a spokeswoman with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police. “This is really unheard of for a bear to attack a human.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/bear-mauls-woman-in-frederick-county-driveway-in-rarest-of-rare-attack/2016/11/17/6ddf7abe-acb2-11e6-a31b-4b6397e625d0_story.html

There is no reason to be afraid of them.

gabrielshorn2013

Exactly mrnatural. We have a couple of bears that routinely roam through our property. We just make enough noise to let them know we are coming. We keep a rattle can by the back door and shake it at night when we let the dogs out for their "evening constitutional" before bedtime so the bears will not be startled. No big deal.

MD1756

Ever see that video of a cat ambushing a bear on AFV? It's hilarious. Here are some other good ones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2RXVHCCces and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFp2DxCFO-I

gabrielshorn2013

Hilarious videos MD1756! [thumbup]

Greg F

Why? It’s you that have invaded their territory. They are just being real bears...not the cartoon Yogi and Boo Boo you grew up with.

Greg F

It is encroaching and will lose its fear of people. There are many bears here now that weren’t here 15 years ago. I’ve walked in on a few to the point of getting a thermal viewer when I bow hunt now and always carry bear spray. 5 years ago that thermal viewer also spotted a mountain lion clearly just outside smithsburg...not 30 yards from my stand.

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KellyAlzan

Still looking for the story of anyone can help

dancing donna

We are the most stupid of all animals. Hunting and likely killing an animal bc it was scared and acting normally. This murder "policy" needs to change. Killing animals for simply acting like animals? We are so out of touch with nature and thus have so little respect and understanding that these areas were their homes first, not ours. Different story of they had rabies or acting aggressively. Some laws are as stupid and nonsensical as the people that made them. Killing the innocent for what? For what purpose? Should we then kill ALL bears in case they start acting like bears too?

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C.D.Reid

[offtopic][offtopic][offtopic]

MD1756

Doesn't the bear have the right to bear arms in self def

jwhamann

But what happened to the dogs? They have feelings, too. 😉

Brookhawk

I used to live up there. Bears are pretty common but I never knew one to be malicious or even dangerous. Usually a bear will just run away if surprised, but a bear startled by two dogs might freak, just like another dog or a cat might. And if it's a mother bear with a cub or two, she is likely to get fierce.

gabrielshorn2013

Exactly Brookhawk. If you are hiking (or walking) in areas where bears are known to be, try an old hikers trick. Place a few pebbles in a soda can and gently rattle it every 15 seconds or so. The bear will hear it and move away. Carrying pepper spray is also a good idea, just in case.

bosco

In British Columbia the locals joke that bear poop is easy to identify - it contains those little bear bells they sell to hikers and it smells like bear spray.

[lol][ninja]

C.D.Reid

[thumbup][lol]

gabrielshorn2013

LOL! Agreed bosco... when referring to Grizzly bears. In these parts we don't need to worry about them, but in BC, absolutely.

bosco

One fall Mrs Bosco and I went out with an experienced bear guide early one morning to watch the black bears feed on the berries that grow on the ski slopes at Whistler. We were on foot and once we got to a good viewing spot we stayed put. The bears saw we were there but were more interested in the berries than us. By contrast, there's no way we would get that close to grizzlies.

(And now, a special message for Fido. Yes, I do have and continue to have a good life.)

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