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At far left, WCOs Mike
Stutts Jr., left, and
Larry Smith set a trap
behind an Erie County
home where a bear
had become a nuisance
in 2015. Erie County is
witness to an expanding
black-bear population,
and with its high human
density, conflicts like the
bear damage to beehives
Smith is pointing out
occasionally occur.

after becoming a WCO. That was 1982.
"Forever ago," Trewella joked. "Dinosaurs walked the earth."
But there weren't any bears there.
By the time Trewella left the district
in 1993, however, upper Bucks County
occasionally would play host to a bear
sighting as a roving juvenile wandered
through. Now, bears are living year-round
in the same district. It's a snapshot of
southeastern Pennsylvania, as a whole.
Bears are popping up in places they once
hadn't.
Smith sees similar growth in northwestern Pennsylvania, where expansive
wetlands, a huge number of agricultural
tracts and more development clearing the
way for more people - and the easy food
sources they provide - all are inviting to
bears.
When he started in his district more
than 28 years ago, there was a remnant
bear population near the New York border,
and an occasional report. Last year, Smith
and neighboring officers in Erie County
received 16 reports of bears, and 13 of
them appeared to be different animals.
That's a big number for them, although
Kapral might handle that many in a week
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in Luzerne County.
With bears still somewhat of a novelty
is his part of the state, Smith is witness
to the hoopla that bubbles up whenever a
juvenile wanders near development in its
search for a new home range. It's ironic,
he said, because the bears he's seen walk
into town are easily bumped out and often
pass through on their own, if left alone.
He talks to people who haven't seen bears
before, with the hopes of educating folks
on how to avoid nuisance bear problems
and settle their anxiety about knowing that
bears live nearby.
The officers who have worked in similar settings at points in time when bears
were stretching out into new ranges near
them have been there and done that, and
they continue to do so.
But as time passes, they said, bear
sightings are less likely to trigger frantic
calls to 911.
There's a better-educated public where
more folks understand what they can do
to avoid encounters.
There's less panic, less fanfare and
fewer foolish decisions as more Pennsylvanians grow used to living near black
bears.
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