Word from the Woods: Hungry bears raise alarm in Maine communities

Posted June 18, 2014, at 11:03 a.m.
A black bear nicknamed by Hermon residents as &quotThe Miller Hill Bandit" steals a suet cake meant for birds from the backyard of a Hermon home at about 11 a.m. on June 10, 2014.
Courtesy of Courtney Williams
A black bear nicknamed by Hermon residents as "The Miller Hill Bandit" steals a suet cake meant for birds from the backyard of a Hermon home at about 11 a.m. on June 10, 2014.

Maine’s black bears are up and at ’em. With a long winter behind them, they’re ready to fill their bellies once more. Unfortunately, some of their favorite foods — berries and beach nuts — aren’t yet ripe. So some bears have settled for bird suet and trashed leftovers. While some Maine residents thoroughly enjoy watching these bears in their backyards, many others are concerned about the damage they cause and the danger of the situation. Here at BDN Outdoors, we’re interested in this problem, and we invite you to join the conversation about human-wildlife relations.

— Aislinn Sarnacki

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Three black bears are causing havoc in Orono, and concerned game wardens are attempting to evict them. These bears seem to have grown used to town life and have been spotted sauntering down Main Street and rummaging through garbage bins.

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If you’re curious about who’ll be moose hunting in Maine this year, search BDN’s list of the 3,095 applicants who received a permit during last weekend’s moose permit lottery in Presque Isle.

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This story by John Holyoke appeared in the spring edition of the BDN Maine Outdoors magazine, available for free on newsstands throughout the state. The summer edition should be arriving on newsstands in your community in the coming days (if it’s not there already). If you’ve already picked up a magazine, you may still want to check out the online story for some multimedia extras. This particular story features an online video, produced by Holyoke himself.

Blog log

Act Out with Aislinn: Bear dubbed ‘Miller Hill Bandit’ visits Hermon home

“Courtney Williams, 33, of Bangor was headed to a late morning dentist appointment on June 10 when she was delayed by a hungry black bear.”

George’s Outdoor News: Dad breaks out of Veteran’s Hospice Unit to catch brook trout

“Sitting there, watching him cast, is worth a whole lot more than I paid for my fishing license.”

On the horizon

This year, Maine’s Hurricane Island Outward Bound School celebrates its 50th anniversary. BDN Maine Outdoors will be taking a look at Outward Bound’s history, where they are today, and how they aim to continue educating people in the art of adventure. Also on the horizon, we’ll be joining researchers to take a look at the Penobscot River and how this historic waterway has changed due to recent dam removals.

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