Black bear caught near UMBC

August 15th, 2008

The Arbutus Times reports that a 140 pound black bear was caught in an area adjacent to the UMBC campus. The bear was apprehended while eating apples from a resident’s tree. Maryland officials had been tracking him for a month as he wandered across the state:

“The bear apparently had made several stops in southern Maryland before heading north through Anne Arundel County, then crossing into Halethorpe, according to Peditto, who heads the Wildlife and Heritage Service at the state Department of Natural Resources. “We had been tracking him for a month,” he said, noting that DNR staff kept track of citizen complaints to determine the bear’s progress. The pattern of complaints indicated the bear’s course of travel.”