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June 11, 2023 | The Washington Post

Emily Carrollo, a bear biologist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission and BearWise, explains why videos of black bears roaming cities are becoming more common in the eastern U.S., and what to do if you find yourself face-to-face with a furry neigh-bear.

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by Brian Whipkey, Pennsylvania Outdoors Columnist: 

Black bears appear to be healthy during this winter’s hibernation in Pennsylvania.

“So far, a lot of the bears are in good shape,” said Emily Carrollo, black bear program manager for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, during a mother bear den check Friday in northern Cambria County. In considering this year’s and last year’s den checks, “Every single bear we went to had a beautiful coat and was fat and happy. And the cubs were in really good shape,” she said.

“We go to anywhere from a dozen to three dozen dens every year, depending on the research we have going on in the state of Pennsylvania,” she said. This year is an in-between research year, and the team is only checking on eight dens and a few yearling bears.

Read Original Article for BearWise Tips (Go Erie, March 2023)