Car­pen­ters Point man has bear en­counter

Surveil­lance cam­eras cap­ture no­madic #De­laBear

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - IS­SUE By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF JOE DIXON

This still from Joe Dixon’s home se­cu­rity cam­era shows that mi­grat­ing bear walk­ing through his yard Mon­day evening.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF DNREC

A cit­i­zen cap­tured this photo of a bear near White Clay Creek in Ne­wark.

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