Black bear sightings are common in Western Maryland. Lately, however, the bears have been discovering the amenities of the suburbs.
According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, a total of nine juvenile black bears have been spotted in the suburbs around many Maryland suburbs, including Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties. Two bears were apparently looking to get ahead quickly. They were spotted at the University of Maryland in College Park.
Like many who venture to the suburbs, experts say the bears are just looking for their own little piece of land. Due to all the humans around, they typically move onto places with even more land once they realize where they are. it’s a completely normal behavior, and is actually a sign of a healthy bear population in the state.
Still precautions are advised. Here are a few DNR tips from Bear Project Leader Harry Spiker:
- Give them plenty of space and allow them to move on at their own pace.
- If a bear has been spotted in your neighborhood, take down bird feeders and secure trash cans