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Residents Aim to Control Bear Numbers

Monday, 21 May 2001 12:00 AM

"People are taking the 'three S approach,´" said Garrett County Commissioner Wendell Beitzel "Shoot, shovel and shut up."

Longtime residents say the potential for tragedy is high, especially with city dwellers headed for vacation hot spots like Deep Creek Lake - where bear sightings are up dramatically, especially along Rock Lodge Road near the tiny town of McHenry in Garrett County.

"It´ll kill you over a candy bar. It wants food," area bow hunter Doug Oxford told The Times. "My concern is, somebody´s going to get killed. It´ll be some kid walking around with a sandwich in his hand."

Biologists say the bear population, thanks to the state's ban on hunting bears, is now about 400, compared with less than 200 a decade ago and up from an estimated low of 20 in 1953.

The resurgence of the black bear, according to the Department of Natural Resources, could be due to the gradual improvement of wetlands and forests following decades of unregulated tree-cutting and habitat destruction prior to the early 1900s.

Also, the bear population has had time to recover since the last hunt, and many are getting chased out of neighboring West Virginia and Pennsylvania by hunters in those states. The creatures have no predators in Maryland -- except cars and trucks.

Oxford said he spotted 37 bears while out hunting last season, between September and December. Five years ago he spotted one every so often by the side of the road.

Western Maryland residents say the state needs to resurrect a bear-hunting season, something Maryland hasn't had since 1953 - and an idea firmly opposed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening. -- Copyright 2001 by United Press International. All rights reserved. --

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