ROGER ALFORD, Associated Press Writer
“You’ve got bears moving into areas where people live and you’ve got people moving into areas where bears live,” said Mark Ternent, a state bear biologist in Pennsylvania. “Both of those scenarios frequently involve people with little experience living around bears.”
Ternent said most of the encounters are harmless, ending with the bears running away.
“The average bear is afraid of people,” he said. “If it encounters a person, it would rather flee than fight.”
Boyles said people can prevent unwanted bear encounters by doing simple things like putting bird feeders out of reach of the animals, putting trash out only on the day it is to be picked up, and keeping pet food indoors.