The number of bears to have perished on Maryland roadways in 2013 rose slightly to 39, according to an unofficial count maintained by the Cumberland Times-News.
On Dec. 2, a 259-pound female bear that was likely struck by a vehicle on New Germany Road near Fairview Road had both back legs broken and was put down by Maryland State Police.
On Nov. 18, near Smithsburg in Washington County, a homeowner shot and killed a bear that was confronting his dog. No charges will be filed by the Maryland Natural Resources Police.
On Nov. 26, a 90-pound female bear with a gunshot injury to its lower jaw was discovered and euthanized by the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service.
Agency spokeswoman Clarissa Harris suggested that homeowners do not put out birdseed until after Jan. 1. There are plenty of bears still out and moving around, according to Harris, although pregnant sows may have already entered dens.
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.