The sparsely populated region has been billed as a safe place for a wilderness experience only a few hours drive from major metropolitan areas.
With a large herd of 'wild' Rocky Mountain Elk (which seem to enjoy living in local residences yards) and a breeding population of mountain lions that the Pennsylvania Game Commission vehemently denies exist, the denial of an attack by a black bear is in keeping with their agenda of 'wilding' the region.
I guess that their notion that a Pennsylvania bear is much less likely to attack a human than some other states bear makes sense in their convoluted logic.
My condolences to his family and am saddened to hear that his life ended in such a tragic manner.
I have a lot of wild life in my rural area.
But truthfully, if I looked out my back door and saw a bear (or ginormous alligator) I would most likely die of fright!
How many calories is a full grown man??
neighbor said “He seemed like such a nice bear”
And a dog bit a man!
Twice in my life I have had year or two year old blk bear boars (150 lbers) come in on me like a cat on a rabbit, front quarters down, butt up in air, ears going back and forth like crazy. They didn't run in, they came in slow. I was able to hollar and wave one off, twice and I shot the bear the second time it happened to me. Don't ever think blk bear won't eat ya, they can be just as dangerous as any grizz that you surprise. This is especially true where the bear haven't experienced too many people, they think food.
I've often wondered when bear attacks would start back in Pa?
If a tree falls in the forest, and lands on your ass, do you hear it before it squishes you or not?
And to increase the level of difficulty, throw in a bear grabbing your cheeks with his canines.
Hopefully the authorities will not go to those lengths to clear the bears!
Damn! That bear must have been really “pissed off” to kill the man and then throw a tree on top of him.
A little anger management goes a long way.
Black bears are so nasty they will eat their own dead siblings after they “ripen up”. They can peel a locked car open in about 15 minutes. They can rip canned goods open with their claws and teeth. I saw a car ripped open to get animal crackers out of a child’s seat.
We had that problem in North Dakota, at least until someone got tired of being dismissed as merely 'anecdotal' due to the lack of an advanced degree in wildlife biology and dropped by Game and Fish with one (recently deceased) in the back of the pickup. Heck, you can't be prosecuted for shooting what isn't there...
Now we have a 'permit issued as needed limited season' on them.
Since then, game cameras have 'captured' a lot more mountain lions (in one case, three at one kill site) than anyone suspected, and far closer to population centers than was previously believed. I suggest using the cameras for proof, as some Game and Fish Departments might not take such a practical approach.
At least they admitted bears crap in the woods, that's a start...
I live in Williamsport, PA and hunt in Danville, PA.
I had a small 150 lb bear coe within 30 feet of me during the opening day of rifle deer season. The bear did not seem unafraid of me and clearly saw/smelled me.
I agree with others here that as the bear population in Pennsylvania increases, we will see more of these “encounters” between man and bear.
That is (another reason) to carry at all times.