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the trail was too steep on both sides for me to get off of it. After a couple hundred feet, I reached a flatter area, left the trail and plunged into the underbrush. Breathlessly, I waited and waited for the bear to pass on the trail above me, but he didn’t appear. I didn’t hear him, either. I reasoned that he must have heard me crashing down slope through the dry leaves and retreated. Still, the waiting and indecision were worse than the previous day’s encounter. Should I return to the trail and continue on my way, or retreat down the mountain through thick underbrush to Ten Springs Trail? I sat on a log, trying to decide, as birds sang and flies buzzed around me. Finally, I opted for the open trail, where I wouldn’t be surprised by a sudden appearance as I (and he) would be in the impenetrable brush. I picked up a big stick to hold above my head so that I would present a tall silhouette to the bear should I encounter him again. The trail was clear. Apparently, the bear had heard me and gone the opposite direction. When I reached a muddy area on the trail, I spotted large, fresh, bear tracks, bigger by a couple inches than my hand span, thumb to little finger. After that I began to see more of the young bears than I had bargained for. In mid-June I sat on a log at the top of Pennyroyal Trail at the Far Field. After awhile I walked on, and in the thick underbrush to my right, at least two bears ran off — one went left, the other right — still in the thick underbrush. I guess they had been resting in the deep shade like I was. As I continued walking, I kept peering into the underbrush. Was that black mass a bear? Indeed, it was, and again it ran off as I said 54 loudly, “It’s okay.” Three days later, during an evening walk, Bruce and I surprised a young bear as we descended Laurel Ridge Trail. It was ripping apart a log and looked up at us in obvious confusion. Finally, it decided we were not its friends. It turned around, ran down the trail and disappeared in the underbrush. Near the end of June, Dave saw two of the cubs on Laurel Ridge Trail. One was cinnamon, the other was black. He had been trying to photograph a black-throated blue warbler when the cubs appeared. He was so excited that he didn’t know which to photograph and, in the end, he didn’t capture any of them on film. Throughout the summer, we continued to see bears and bear sign nearly every day. Several of the power poles had fresh scratches on them where the bears had left their messages for other bears. Massive piles of bear scat, first filled with huckleberry seeds and, later, with cherry pits, were deposited on our trails on a daily basis. All of this kept me on high alert, especially along the narrow trails that wound through thick underbrush that had grown up due to the January 2005 ice storm. On July 24, I found an enormous pile of fresh bear scat on Laurel Ridge Trail. I continued on to the Far Field Road and then turned back home. I practically stumbled on a bear rubbing itself all over a small red maple tree at the confluence of Laurel Ridge, First Field and Far Field trails. The bear saw me seconds after I saw it and stood up to peer nearsightedly in my direction before starting toward me. “It’s okay,” I said to it, and it turned around and ran down Laurel Ridge Trail, GAME NEWS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009
Life & Times of the Whitetail
Contents
A Novice, Yes, But That’s Okay
Forestry & Wildlife
Raccoon & Beaver Tales
Spring Gobbler Double Take
The Old Man, Torment to Serenity
The Bender Fields
Death of the Turkey Jinx
WLA is Solid Gold
Wetlands for Wildlife
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - A Novice, Yes, But That’s Okay
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Forestry & Wildlife
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Raccoon & Beaver Tales
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Spring Gobbler Double Take
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Old Man, Torment to Serenity
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Bender Fields
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Death of the Turkey Jinx
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - WLA is Solid Gold
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Wetlands for Wildlife
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Cover3
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Cover4
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