Black Bears in Fulton County, Pennsylvania!
Black bears are being sighted more and more in our area – coming onto porches and destroying property to get at bird feeders. Raiding dumpsters while all the time seeming to be losing their fear of humans.
A black bear pays an unwelcome visit!
Last week I surprised a black bear not 30 feet from the front door when I went to check on the distressing sounds coming from a mother hen with babies. The black bear ran about 25 feet and stopped to check out the situation. Later the bear was discovered strolling around the back yard like a stray dog and he took his time leaving the area.
Adults and young black bears in Fulton County, Pennsylvania!
An adult black bear has a large head and smaller ears, while a younger black bear has a smaller head and larger ears. Pennsylvania black bears are one of the few animals that can problem-solve which makes this animal even more dangerous. So personal property with locks and doors may be only a small hindrance to a Pennsylvania black bear that could weigh a few hundred pounds
Black bears and the food supply!
Black bears are at the top of the list of dangerous wild animals in Pennsylvania. They will keep returning to a site where there is food, such as a fruit tree with ripe apples or a chicken coop. After eating they could lay around somewhere near and keep returning until the food supply is gone.
What might be done to instill a healthy fear of humans into Fulton County’s black bears?
Wildlife control agents in one territory trapped a nuisance black bear and when released back into the wild, dogs were used to chase and harass the wild black bear amidst rifle shots, rubber bullets pelleting the bear, and a general planned atmosphere of human chaos. The black bear climbed a tree and stayed there.
Check out your area!
Look around your place and see what might attract a black bear. Black bears like to sniff kerosene. They like fruits and berries and fresh chicken.
Use bear-proofed dumpsters, don’t sprinkle corn for birds or other wildlife. Maybe it’s even a good idea to stop the compost pile with the constant supply of fresh fruit and vegetable peelings!
Be safe and keep black bears wild in Fulton County, Pennsylvania!
SPMN Sportsman Channel – The Rule 8-11-2010
NGW Nat Geo WILD – The Animal Extractors 8-12-2010