Carpenters Point man has bear encounter
Surveillance cameras capture nomadic #DelaBear
— Joe Dixon had a close encounter Monday night with that nomadic bear.
“It was a pretty scary ordeal,” the Carpenters Point man said Tuesday.
Dixon, who lives on Bakers Cove Road, said it was
about 8:45 p.m. and he was in his detached garage sitting in a recliner, watching TV.
“I was getting ready to pull the door closed and there’s this bear right there and he’s tearing down my bird feeder,” he said, noting he watched it from a window for a few minutes.
Running from the garage to his house — a distance of about 50 feet — Dixon got prepared to take action if necessary.
“I grabbed my gun,” he said.
Heading to the back of the house, he stepped onto the patio.
“He’s walking right down the sidewalk,” Dixon said of what he considers to be a full-grown bear.
The large animal then poked its head around the corner of the house.
“I fired a shot into the air. He ran off,” Dixon said.
The bear was spotted a week ago in the White Clay Creek area of Delaware. On Friday night, it was spotted on Singerly and Ricketts
Mill roads near Elkton. Over the weekend the bear — dubbed “DelaBear” complete with its own Twitter account — migrated
toward Perryville. It was seen on Charter Hall Road on Sunday night.
Dixon said the bear was not aggressive toward him, but made fast work of the contents of his bird feeder.
At work Tuesday morning, Dixon told a co-worker about the excitement.
“He said, ‘Dude, did your cameras get it?’” Dixon said.
At that moment, he remembered he has surveillance cameras watching his home. When he got home, he checked the footage.
“The video caught him walking along the back of
my garage,” Dixon said.
Dixon took a walk into the woods and found a large compressed area where the bear likely spent the rest of the night sleeping. There was large scat nearby.
With some 200 acres of woods and farmland amongst him and his neighbors, Dixon said the bear has plenty of places to hide.
“He’s in an area now where he’s landlocked,” Dixon said, adding he suspects the bear may continue its journey south.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources officials will not make any attempt to capture the bear unless it does become aggressive. Candus Thomson, DNR spokeswoman, said male bears are territorial, and one male will run others off to protect its turf.
The Cecil County Sheriff’s Office has previously warned that anyone who sees the bear should make no attempt to approach the wild animal, and reminded killing a bear is illegal.
Black bears are common in western Maryland, but quite rare to be found in the more developed area of the northern Eastern Shore. Nonetheless, over the past several years there have been bear sightings in Cecil County as the animals pass through.
Dixon said he is used to seeing deer and raccoons on his property, but this was the first bear.
“I was nervous,” he admitted. “It was big.”
This still from Joe Dixon’s home security camera shows that migrating bear walking through his yard Monday evening.
A citizen captured this photo of a bear near White Clay Creek in Newark.