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coyote bites; some of the coyotes have
carried rabies.
While these statistics pale in comparison to the numbers of people annually bitten or killed by domestic dogs,
they represent a burgeoning problem.
Prudence suggests that any coyote behaving with little concern for humans should
be reported to local police, animal-control
or wildlife agencies.

B

lack bears present the greatest
problems when their traditional
food sources become scarce. A
classic case occurred in , when Aspen,
Colo., police responded to , bear
calls. Widespread drought had destroyed
traditional food sources such as berries
and acorns, prompting bears to scrounge
through residential garbage, dumpsters
and other human-provided enticements,
including barbeques, and bird and pet food.
Of those cases, only a handful involved
bears breaking into homes or cars. Two
bears were euthanized, one relocated. This
year, natural food supplies for the bears
have been ample, and Aspen police have
thus far responded to  calls. Yet the old
adage "a human-fed bear is a dead bear" is
hard to dismiss. Confronting a black bear
rummaging through your garbage is a scenario best left to fright movies. In the long
run, the bears usually lose.
People living on the fringes of cities
where bears roam are certain to experience such conflicts. Some experiences
have led to puzzling responses. In ,
Connecticut newspapers reported that
an -year-old man killed a black bear
he claimed was raiding his bird feeder.
Because black bear hunting is not allowed

Bears have little fear of our pets. Leaving pet food outside invites problems
from skilled scavengers.

in Connecticut, the man was arrested.
Florida black bears are a threatened
species. In , their protected status
prompted the arrest of a Fort Meyers
resident after he shot one and claimed he
was protecting his family. A media frenzy
this past summer erupted in Massachusetts after a man shot a black bear in his
rural back yard, fearing it was threatening
a litter of puppies there. When the local
police posted the incident online, a flood
of responses-many critical of the man
who shot the bear-forced the police to
shut down their Facebook page.
Grizzly bears menace property, too.
They've mauled people near urban
areas in states with grizzly populations.
Alaska, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho
have extensive bear-aware programs that

Idaho's Zach Smeltzer was bowhunting
deer within sight of his home when he
killed a cougar in self-defense.
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