CUMBERLAND — The number of bears to have died on Maryland roads, or because of mange, this year has risen to 69, according to an unofficial count maintained by the Cumberland Times-News.
According to Clarissa Harris of the Wildlife & Heritage Service, from late summer to date:
• Garrett County - Fourteen bears were killed on roads and three with mange were euthanized.
• Allegany County - Eight bears were killed on roads and three with mange were euthanized.
• Washington County - Three bears were killed on roads and one with mange was euthanized.
• Frederick County - Four bears were killed on roads.
Included in those numbers are the following recent bear deaths on roads:
Sept. 8 - 90-pound female on Route 42
Sept. 11 - 111-pound male on Interstate 68 at mile marker 14
Sept. 17 - 45-pound female on Route 219
Oct. 12 - 200-pound female on Route 50
Oct. 18 - 117-pound female on Interstate 68 at mile marker 8
Oct. 21 - 193-pound male on Interstate 68 at mile marker 2
Oct. 24 - 149-pound male on New Germany Road
Oct. 28 - 161-pound male on Interstate 68 at mile marker 5
Sept. 16 - 25-pound male on Route 36
Sept. 27 - 100-pound male on Route 40
Sept. 28 - 117-pound male on Interstate 68 at mile marker 37
Sept. 11 - 186-pound male on Interstate 68 at Little Orleans
Oct. 26 - 153-pound male on Route 40
Oct. 26 - 168-pound male on Interstate 70 near Clear Spring
Oct. 19 - Unknown weight and sex on Interstate 68 near New Market
Oct. 28 - 75-pound male on Route 15