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.

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