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But what Kapral and other officers
in suburban areas have seen is a better
understanding of bears as time goes on.

GETTING ACQUAINTED

In the eight years he's been assigned to
Allegheny County, WCO Dan Puhala has
handled some of the state's most attentiongrabbing suburban bear incidents.
The bear that famously made its way
inside the Sears department store at the
Pittsburgh Mills Mall in 2012 was carted
out sedated by Puhala and fellow officers.
A 280-pounder that ran with joggers in
North Park, then cut through a picnic
grove - and straight through the center of
a Cub Scout meeting - happened squarely
within Puhala's district. And last year,
an extremely habituated yearling bear in
Monroeville was filmed live by a news
crew as the door slammed shut on one of
Puhala's traps.
A lot of what Puhala sees in the interac-

tion between bears and people is typical
compared to other population centers.
Whether it's the people or the bears that
are new to a given area, an individual's
unfamiliarity with bears can trigger all
sorts of different responses, Puhala said.
Some might become uneasy - even go
into a panic - after simply seeing a bear.
Erie County WCO Larry Smith, whose
district is host to an expanding bear
population, dealt with one case where a
homeowner killed a bear out of fear, with
the fatal shot hitting the retreating bear's
backside. In another instance, media in
Smith's district reported a roving bear as
a tame bear on the loose, resulting in an
overconfident and obviously dangerous
capture attempt by somebody who heard
the report.
Puhala, too, sees people who put
themselves in danger because they don't
give these wild animals their due respect.
The Monroeville bear that was cap-

Bears that learn where to find food left by people can get into trouble. Above left, a young bear
was a frequent visitor to Dunbar Elementary School in Fayette County in 2013, where some
students routinely would leave pizza and cookies outside the lunch-room doors, and the bear
quickly caught on. Meanwhile, the yearling female, above right, was among a family group of
four bears that had been raiding birdfeeders in Indiana, Pa. When the bears went into a shed
looking for birdseed, the yearling came out with a watering can stuck on its head. It would later
be removed by wildlife conservation officers, and the yearling reunited with its family.
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