HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Maryland wildlife managers are starting a new black bear population study.

The Department of Natural Resources says it’s beginning field work Tuesday on a project to estimate the number of bears in Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties.

Biologist Harry Spiker says this is the state’s first attempt to cientifically gauge the number of black bears in all four western counties. Previous studies have focused only on Garrett and Allegany.

The most recent such study was done in 2005. It produced an estimate of 326 bears from Cumberland west.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. Philip says:

    What is DNR thinking? Get rid of the bears and coyotes in Western maryland. They are just a pest and more liberal political correctness. A few people few warm and fuzzy about bears and a few hunters shoot them. what awaste of time and our tax dollars. Enough already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. pigeon says:

    Once they finish this “study” do they intend to turn it into a census so the counties involved get more money from Federal and State finance depts.? There’s no way they can “estimate”; only guesstimate and this is going to cost how much in tax money?

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