“Bear”ly Apprehended

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May 2, 2007 by Joseph Krohn

Ending a 200-pound bear’s nightly ramblings through a subdivision required just a trap and some tempting bait: a honey bun and bacon grease.For three nights, the bear rummaged through garbage cans, climbed on porches and tore down bird feeders in the subdivision outside Clarksburg, said Gary Foster, a wildlife biologist with the state Division of Natural Resources.  Alarmed residents called the DNR, which advised them to leave the bear alone and keep their garbage inside. When that didn’t work, DNR officials decided it was time to find a new home for the bear.  “It just appeared he was going to be a problem so we had to capture him,” Foster said.  Foster set and baited the trap Sunday night. He said bears are known to like honey and bacon.  “You just use what you’ve got,” Foster said Monday.  The DNR tagged the animal and moved him Monday morning to a more remote area.

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