Nomadic bear makes its way to Aberdeen Proving Ground
— That nomadic bear spotted in several Cecil County locations has now been spotted at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
In a post on social media, APG spokesman Kelly Luster said the bear was spotted by security at the Route 22 gate in Aberdeen around 2 a.m. Wednesday.
“The bear didn’t stop or linger. It was moving toward a wooded area,” Luster said in the message issued Wednesday.
Luster said Thursday that security was just as surprised by seeing the lumbering giant.
“Literally, he walked through the gate,” Luster said.”Our gates are open 24 hours.”
Luster said the posting led to comments asking if the bear had a pass to get on the post.
He added, the bear has not been seen since that early morning encounter.
Joe Carabetta, who lives in the Carpenters Point area where the bear was last seen Monday evening, said he’s not surprised.
“Bears can travel 25 to 30 miles a day,” he said.
More than a week ago the bear was seen in Hockessin, Del. On May 20 Cecil County Department of Emergency Services issued an evening advisory to residents of the Elkton area to bring trash cans and pets indoors after the bear had been spotted along Singerly and Ricketts Mill roads.
In the North East area Sunday the bear continued moving. Joe Dixon had a close encounter with the black bear Monday night. He was in his detached garage when he saw the huge ursine.“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.
Carabetta thinks it was the bear that dug up a patch of his garden, obviously looking for food.
Dixon found a compressed area in the woods nearby with large scat. He figures the bear rested before continuing his travels.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources officials said unless the animal was aggressive there would not be an attempt to capture it. Their advice was to leave the bear be, don’t approach him and remove any potential food sources, including bird feeders.
About 10 years ago, a bear wandering around Camp Conowingo was captured and relocated. He found the dumpsters at the Girl Scout facility too inviting to leave. Unfortunately, the bear headed back toward civilization, forcing DNR officials to euthanize it.
In Maryland, bears are not common to Cecil or Harford counties, and are typically found in the more mountainous western counties. When spotted, the bear has typically been forced from its home in a territorial dispute with another male.
To get to APG, the bear had to cross the Susquehanna River, not an impossible feat considering that American black bears are good swimmers.
The numerous sightings have provided ample fodder for those finding humor in its movements online. On the @dela_bear Twitter feed, the move was explained this way: “I swam. I took a nap on Garrett Island. Then swam the rest of the way. Then I called an ‘Ubear.’”
A citizen captured this photo of bear near White Clay Creek in Newark.
This still from Joe Dixon’s home security camera shows that migrating bear walking through his Carpenter’s Point yard Monday evening. The bear is now in Harford County.