Pennsylvania Game News - June 2016 - 6

tured while cameras rolled was a sure
bet to come to the trap, Puhala said. It
had been fed illegally by people in the
neighborhood and had grown so used to
its regular feedings that, when its providers weren't home, it tried to claw its way
inside.
"I don't know what that bear would
have done if they encountered it in their
home," Puhala said.
For Kapral, in Luzerne County, there
also are reports phoned in from folks
whose opinions lie somewhere between
the extremes. They're calling in to say
they've seen a bear in the neighborhood,
and they couldn't be happier for the
opportunity.
It's a reaction, he said, that speaks to
the amount of work that's done to educate

THE BLACK BEAR'S SUCCESS
In the 1970s, fewer than 3,000 bears lived
in Pennsylvania, mostly in the northcentral
and northeast areas of the state.
Their future was uncertain.
Recovery of Pennsylvania's black-bear
populations is a wildlife success story. But
in a state with more than 12 million people,
and growing, a larger and more-widely distributed bear population also means that
bears are going to appear in suburban areas.
To animals as adaptable as bears, the
suburban interface - with its abundant food
sources and adequate cover - represents
habitat. Bear sightings in these areas are
unavoidable, and represent the new norm.
The challenge is minimizing conflicts, in
which people will play the biggest role by
reducing food attractants such as birdfeeders or unsecured garbage, and adequately
managing bear populations.
Results of the Game Commission's 201013 suburban bear study help with the latter
by providing a better understanding of the
area used by these bears and their vulnerability to harvest.
6

residents about bears.
Puhala said he and deputies have
worked hard to educate the public on
bears, supplying countless homeowners
with the Game Commission's Living with
Pennsylvania Black Bears handout. When
people know they can help to avoid close
encounters by waiting as late as possible
to place trash curbside, pulling in gas grills
or taking down birdfeeders - especially
during those periods when bears are on
the move more - the individual problems
people are having with bears often are
solved permanently.
That doesn't mean they go away
entirely, Kapral points out. Even if an
entire neighborhood meticulously follows
these best practices for bear avoidance,
others living close by might have properties loaded with easy food sources bears
will seek out, and likely find.
"So some of the problem just moves
from Point A to Point B," Kapral said.
"We do spend a lot of time with education,
and it seems to help, but some people just
never seem to have gotten the message."

MANAGING SUBURBAN BEARS

In suburban areas where bears have
existed even for a short time, signs of a
resident bear population often are evident.
Large-and-heavy males are captured
there, as are sows with cubs. And tags
in the ears of some bears detail their life
histories. Still, most conflicts - and to a
larger extent, most bear sightings in suburbia - long were believed to have been
linked to dispersing yearling males. And
there's truth to the notion.
But the Game Commission's suburban
bear study provided new perspective.
The study was conducted in three,
separate suburban areas centered around
the cities of Scranton, State College and
Johnstown. Bears were trapped in devel-



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