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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, July 31, 2021

Are black bears getting bolder? Or are there just more of them this year? Both. If this continues -- and there's nothing to stop it -- it's bad news for the bears.

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...There have been 5,507 bear sightings this year in Connecticut -- twice as many as a decade ago. That includes 131 sightings in New Milford, 77 in Southbury, 58 in Hamden, 26 in Danbury, 20 in Greenwich, 17 in Stamford and even one in New Haven.. A bear was hit by a car Monday in Trumbull (53 bear sightings this year) and had to be put down.... [I live in the Danbury area - LL]

Before you dust off granddad's rifle, know that hunting black bears is illegal in Connecticut, except in self-defense and to protect farms. Also, black bears don't eat humans, generally speaking. They're going after your garbage, not you....

The increase in bear reports is more worrying for their sake than ours. The state reported more than 40 home intrusions by bears looking for food last year -- a record. ...


From what I've seen, a home intrusion by a bear is not a good thing. It seems that parent bears are teaching their cubs how to push their weight against locked doors to push the door off its hinges. Once inside the house, the result of a bear looking for food looks worse than a forensic search of the house.


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-07-31 12:22 PM | Reply

Keep encroaching on bear habitat, then act surprised when there's bears there!

(See Also: Coronavirus.)

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-07-31 03:52 PM | Reply

@#2 ... Keep encroaching on bear habitat, then act surprised when there's bears there! ..

Yup.

The closer the developments are to the forests, the more bear sightings there seem to be.

As the developments move into what used to be forests, the bears are finding a cornucopia of things to eat that humans just leave around. So, instead of retreating deeper into the forests, the bears hang around the new occupants of their foraging grounds.

Why else would bears have learned to open jars in the kitchen cabinets and refrigerators of the houses they invade?



#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-07-31 04:20 PM | Reply

"Why else would bears have learned to open jars in the kitchen cabinets and refrigerators of the houses they invade?"

You ask?
~ Goldilocks

#4 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-08-01 09:22 AM | Reply

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