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Multiple Bear Sightings Reported in Howard County

Have you spotted a bear in Howard County? Tell us in the comments!

Black bear (Credit: Patch File Photo)
Black bear (Credit: Patch File Photo)
Four bears have been spotted recently in Ellicott City and Columbia, WYPR reported Wednesday morning.

A pair of sightings occurred in Ellicott City neighborhoods, while two others were in Columbia, according to The Baltimore Sun.

One Howard County resident also reported there had been sightings near Timbers at Troy and Lyndwood in the Elkridge area.

Have you ever seen a bear in Howard County? Tell us in the comments!

Typically, Maryland's bear population is concentrated in Washington, Allegany, Frederick and Garrett counties, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and most stay within a 10 to 25-mile radius of where they live.

However, baby bears may roam up to 200 miles in a process called "dispersing" in which they try to find their own territory, according to natural resources officials.

After passing through suburbs in Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard and Montgomery counties, young bears usually settle in places with established bear populations in western Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, according to the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service.

Typically, the Department of Natural Resources receives about 300 calls regarding bears each year, but it fielded more than 500 in 2013, according to The Washington Post. The newspaper said one-third of last year's reports involved bears going through trash, while other callers reported bears invading homes, ransacking bird feeders and other incidents.

To report a bear sighting, contact the Department of Natural Resources at 410-260-8540.

Related: Beware Bears in Howard County

Christine Rabine June 12, 2014 at 07:51 PM
My father-in-law saw a black bear near the Roger Carter Community Center at around 7:30am on May 31.
John Moore June 12, 2014 at 11:51 PM
We build into habitat areas & get surprised by the habitat dwellers we displaced! They are part of the country, rural landscape we seek to live in, when moving to outlying, suburban areas. Food gets scarce, they search for easy pickings. We see a very small portion of the animals living around us. So good are they at staying out of sight of humans.
Steven Spiegel June 16, 2014 at 07:05 AM
They must be making a good comeback because I have been living here in the Baltimore area for 50 years and have never saw a Bear around here . It is there country also more then it is ours so we need to stay out of there way . I can only imagine the wildlife that was in the Baltimore area before it was settled .
art doyle June 16, 2014 at 08:37 AM
Steven, that is the same faulty logic that has us paying reparations to mice that roar. Humans have been in this region for thousands of years. Humans settled here when climatic conditions allowed. During the ice age, there were no mammals here to speak of. They settled here when climatic conditions favored them. Humans have always hunted until the last few decades. There was virtually no deer population in this area until recently. We are the dominate species and historically kept game in check and eliminated competitors.
Steven Spiegel June 16, 2014 at 06:10 PM
What I am trying to say was before we all inhabited the area the bears probably went father out then Howard County . I would not be surprised if they were running around the same ground were the inner Harbor is unless they favor higher elevations . We will never know all the wild life that inhabited the Baltimore area before we came . I look at Marley Creek and South River and wonder how great it must have been before we dumped all the crap in it . I don't believe we should have to pay for what our ancestors done but I believe that we should have to have responsibility to start taking better care of it for the future of man kind . I could catch all the crabs and fish that I could possibly eat out of South River when I was a kid and know I would not even put my Boat in it because when I did the last time back in the late 90's I had to scrub the hell out of it for hours to get it as clean as it was before I put it in . I think we should be more responsible that's all .

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