BEAR M13 KILLED IN SWITZERLAND
It’s Bear Season in the United States: Pennsylvania and Indiana
For some reason the consideration of bears in our community went right over my head this month, April 2013. I put out bird food and concentrated on keeping our new cat, Little Dog, away from the birds which entertained her through our porch window.
My neglect was punished. When I woke up yesterday morning I noticed the bird feeder laying on the ground, empty, and the stand bent over. BEAR. Yes, the first bear of the year.
My husband Monte checked to see if there were any pawprints in the mud, but he didn’t detect any. But I know to bring the bird feeder in each night if I plan on feeding the birds.
Friendly gestures to wild animals can reduce the creature’s natural fear of humans, thereby contributing to their demise.
Although friendly gestures may not have been made to M13, the only known brown bear living in the Switzerland wilds, easy food access in inhabited areas reduced his fear of the human species to the point that he was following people during the day. He also sought food in inhabited areas, including a schoolyard.
These behaviors caused him to be classified as a problem bear last November. Although M13 never showed aggression to humans there was a (more…)