Cumberland Times-News

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June 8, 2014

Bear Watch

Clarissa Harris of the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Services thinks that Western Maryland’s black bears may have learned to look both ways before crossing roads. “We haven’t had a car/bear strike reported since May 10,” Harris said earlier this week. “That’s unusual. The May/June and September/October periods are usually the time when more bears are hit on highways.” She explained that the May/June time frame is when young bears no longer with sows are dispersing, looking for their own territories and the September/October period is when bears move constantly feeding in preparation for the winter.

Harris said plenty of calls are still coming in about bears getting into bird feeders and trash.

Thus far in 2014, five roadkilled bears are confirmed.

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