MOUNT NEBO — The number of bears to have died on Maryland roads this year has risen to 21, according to an unofficial count maintained by the Cumberland Times-News.
On July 6, a 115-pound female bear was killed on Interstate 68 one mile east of Keysers Ridge.
On July 12, a male bear weighing 110 pounds was struck and killed on U.S. Route 219 at Bill’s Marina on Deep Creek Lake.
On July 13, a 104-pound male died on U.S. Route 219 just south of Oakland.
Clarissa Harris of the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service said there have been plenty of calls about nuisance bears and a number of traps have been set. One bear killed chickens at a residence on Elk Ridge Road near Grantsville.
On Stockslager Road at McHenry, a bear got at least partially into a home through a window and got away with a T-bone steak and some butter. Harris said a team of DNR cooperators with bear dogs was in the area and treed a sow. “It was one of our collared sows, but she has slipped the collar. We put a new one on her.” Harris believes the sow was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was not the home invader, because shortly afterward a bear was reported right back at the residence.
There has been a lot of bear activity in Frederick County, according to Harris.
To report bear incidents in Allegany County, call the Maryland Wildlife Service at 301-777-2136. In Garrett County, call 301-334-4255. Outdoor Editor Mike Sawyers may be contacted at 301-784-2523.