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April 25, 2016
By Hilde Kate Lysiak
A bear is on the loose in Selinsgrove— and it is hungry!
Residents of Harris Estates believe a black bear is prowling around the Selinsgrove neighborhood in search of food.
Curt Pope told the Orange Street News that last week a large beast roamed onto his yard where it knocked down and emptied his bird feeder. Afterwards, he found droppings that appear to be from a bear.
“I’m a hunter. I’ve seen bear droppings before,” Pope told the OSN. “I’m mostly concerned about my dog.”
Pope was not the only Grove resident who believes a bear is making its rounds through the quiet neighborhood.
Phillip and Blondie Riggs, who live across the street from Pope, say on Tuesday morning their bird feeder was also knocked down and emptied by the four legged fiend.
“It was on the ground and it was very badly damaged,” Blondie told the OSN.
The bear left more evidence. Riggs found a long black hair attached and a bear sized tooth mark, according to Blondie.
“It took the feeder with it,” Blondie told the OSN. “It wanted its meal to go. It probably thought eat here then take its dinner to do.”
“Its the waste of a perfectly good bird feeder,” added Phillip.
Black bears are not uncommon in PA, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission Website, but bear attacks are extremely rare, and in most cases the bear will see the person first and leave the area long before the person ever sees it.
“We’ve had a lot of animals visit us, even a fox, but this is the first time we’ve seen a bear,” said Blondie.
The Game Commission was contacted and is investigating the claim.