Bear encounters on the rise
In mid-May, bears were blamed for a string of vehicle break-ins in a North Conway neighborhood. Local officials said it’s not uncommon for the animals, which are coming out of hibernation in the springtime, to raid cars while searching for a bite to eat.
The wayward bruin, described as an older cub, was spotted by several people just before sundown.
Staff at a nearby coffee shop reported seeing the animal wandering around the grassy area and strolling past the Milford bandstand before ambling up South Street.
Bradley said the bear appears to have returned to the proverbial woods since then, as no further sightings have been reported. “It appears to have made its grand entrance and left,” he said. “We’ve had various wildlife sightings on the Oval over the years, but the bear was a first.”
“People aren’t cleaning up their properties, they’re leaving attractants out,”
When you combine these factors with the seasonal shortage of traditional bear fare, summertime can be a tough season for humans and bears alike.
It’s the human population that continues to grow, Timmins noted, and that means tough times are ahead for the bears.
“The Dumpsters at the restaurants and campgrounds are a lot fuller,” said Timmins.
“Most of the bear complaints we receive actually stem from a small number of bears,” said Timmins. “Because once a bear becomes accustomed to humans and their food, their behavior is nearly impossible to break.”
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