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Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Daleville, Pa, 3D
Re: Why not relocate the bear?????
<a href="http://thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/dumber-than-average-bear-1.1159771#axzz1OsEN5L2o" target="_blank">Published: June 10, 2011
Apparently believing that a young bear that lumbered from the woods at Merli-Sarnoski Park was a live-action version of Yogi and Boo-Boo trying to cadge picnic baskets, some visitors there regularly fed him by hand. The result was tragic, for the bear.
Some other park visitors and, ultimately, the state Game Commission, became worried that the bear might take more than the morsels being offered and go after the person doing so.
The commission first relocated the bear but, when he returned to the park, he was killed in order to protect the people who so foolishly had put him in the cross-hairs.
It often ends that way. After a huge black bear was shot last year in the Poconos, several residents there recalled that he had lost all fear of humans, so much so that he often hung around the kitchen entrance of a resort where the staff often fed him ice cream.
There are, of course, many tales of seemingly docile wild animals suddenly attacking people who have no idea what might trigger such a response.
Pennsylvania adopted a ban on feeding wild bears in 2003. Game officials aggressively should enforce it and publicize it widely when they cite someone, in order to increase deterrence.