Cumberland Times-News

December 1, 2012

Road-killed bear total climbs

Cumberland Times-News

— There have been 50 bears killed on Maryland highways this year, according to the unofficial count kept by the Times-News.

On Nov. 15, in the westbound lane of Interstate 68 on the western slope of Sideling Hill, a 110-pound male bear died.

On Nov. 16, on Mount Zion Road in Garrett County, a 45-pound female cub was struck and killed.

On Nov. 17, near Barton on state Route 36, a male bear weighing 125 pounds perished.

Also, on Nov. 10, a 224-pound female bear that had been shot was discovered alongside Westernport Road between Savage River Road and Swamp Road. The Maryland Natural Resources Police is investigating.

NRP reported the agency is investigating whether or not to charge a hunter who shot and killed a 180-pound sow bear on Green Ridge on the opening day of deer season.

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.