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Posted at 2:54 PM ET, 05/26/2010

Black bear spotted in Carroll County

By Washington Post editors

Young black bears being kicked out of their dens this time of year tend to go on adventures as they search for new homes. Some males may travel more than 100 miles looking for a bear-friendly habitat.

They might pass through Carroll County on their journey, like one black bear that was spotted Saturday and Monday in Union Mills and Westminster, the Carroll County Times reports.

"This time of the year, it's not that uncommon," said Harry Spiker, state bear biologist with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. "It's more unusual that it's in Westminster."

This is because Maryland's black bear population is concentrated in its Western counties - Garrett, Allegany, Washington and Frederick - where there are oak, hickory and cherry trees, and blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, which all make for good black bear habitats.

That's why Jim Davison, of Union Mills, was surprised to see a black bear on his property Saturday afternoon.

He was washing the outside of his garage windows around 2:30 p.m. when he turned around to see a black bear, about 10 feet away, walking up his driveway.

After yelling at the bear, to which it didn't respond, Davison clapped his hands and yelled some more. The bear turned around, but headed in the direction of one of his neighbors homes. Davison alerted his neighbors that a bear was roaming around.

By Washington Post editors  | May 26, 2010; 2:54 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  bears, black bears  
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