The number of bears to die on Maryland roads this year has risen to 46, according to an unofficial count tabulated by the Cumberland Times-News.
On Oct. 26, a male bear of 136 pounds was struck and killed on Interstate 68 atop Martin’s Mountain.
On Nov. 2, in Garrett County, a 172-pound male bruin died on I-68 at Green Lantern Road.
On Nov. 3, on I-68 just west of Friendsville, an eastbound medium-sized sedan was totaled when it struck and killed a 501-pound male bear, according to Clarissa Harris of the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service. “The interstate was closed for a while until a snowplow could get there to move the bear,” Harris said. There were no injuries to the occupants of the vehicle.
Recently agency personnel had to chase a bear away from an unoccupied seasonal home at Harvey’s Peninsula at Deep Creek Lake. “Somebody plowing snow nearby saw the bear denned under the house near a fuel tank,” Harris said. “I called the homeowner in Florida and made her aware of the situation.”
To report bear incidents in Allegany County, call the Maryland Wildlife Service at 301-777-2136. In Garrett County, call 301-334-4255.