Out on the prowl for black bears

POSTED: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 9:55pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 9:58pm

Black bears roaming on train tracks. They’re not supposed to be there, but they have nowhere else to go with all of the recent flooding.

Martha Davidson, who works with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, says black bears need to be on a levee where it’s safe and away from high water, but she’s having a very difficult time getting the creatures to cooperate and get into the traps that she and her coworkers have set for them.

So until they are able to lure the black bears into the traps, they’ll continue to roam in places that could be dangerous for both animals and humans. She says if you come into contact with bears, deer, hogs or anything else wild, your best option would be to keep your distance. She says these animals are often just trying to get out of harms way, “I believe they can get their cubs out possibly after this current isn’t quite so strong, but right now I think it’s a challenge they can’t overcome.”
 

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