The number of black bears to have perished on Maryland roads during 2012 has increased to 47, according to an unofficial count maintained by the Cumberland Times-News.
On Nov. 5, a male bear weighing 175 pounds was struck and killed at the junction of Interstates 68 and 70 at Hancock.
Clarissa Harris of the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service said two calls were received about bears that were struck, but agency personnel were not able to find carcasses. One was in Allegany County on Nov. 11 in the area of Belle Grove/Green Ridge State Forest and the other on Nov. 12 in Garrett County on Swanton Hill Road.
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.