Cumberland Times-News

Outdoors

June 1, 2014

Bear Watch

Three bears have been struck and killed on Maryland highways since April 14, bringing the 2014 total to five.

On April 14, a 190-pound male bear died on Interstate 68 near Sandy Mile Road in Washington County.

On May 10, a male bear of 286 pounds perished on U.S. Route 219 in Garrett County near Sand Flat Road.

Also on May 10, on Interstate 68 near Friendsville, a 190-pound male bruin was struck and killed.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police officers are investigating the death of a 350-pound male bear with a Pennsylvania Game Commission ear tag that was discovered behind the Frostburg water treatment plant and appears to have been shot. It was discovered April 22.

On April 27, the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service put down a 58-pound female bear with a severe case of mange. It had been staying in the Paradise Point Road area of Garrett County.

Another bear with mange was trapped on May 6 near Foster Road in Garrett County. It was released into the wild. It was fitted with a radio collar, but agency staff later found that the collar had come off the animal.

A 206-pound male bear that had been poking around a house along Shreve Road in Garrett County was trapped, aversively conditioned and released.

Near Flintstone on May 15, a 194-pound male bear that had tried to enter a home through a dog door was shot and killed. Travis Samuel Kurtz, 25, Artemas, Pa., was issued a warning by Maryland Natural Resources Police for hunting black bear during closed season.

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