Black Bears Invade The Bluegrass

They're being spotted more and more in communities across Kentucky. Black bears are on the prowl and environmentalists say the recent drought may be to blame.

Bears are having to venture further out into populated areas to find food after the disappointing crop season. This means bears could be scrounging for food in people's trash cans! There have been more complaints of nuisance activity this year, and even the occasional bear sightings in cabins.

Kentucky officials say everyone needs to be on guard and more importantly, to not feed the bears.

As temperatures turn colder and we get closer to the holidays, many people may travel into the woods for a little cabin getaway. But no need to be afraid, there are easy ways to keep the bears away. Don't leave trash outside for long periods of time. Also don't leave pet food outside on the porch, or even an open bag nearby.

Officials say, "99 percent of the time, you remove the food and you will remove the problem."

While it's likely you will see a bear this cold season, officials say they are only for the watching, not the hunting.

Black bears are protected in Kentucky and there is no hunting season for them.

Wildlife officials say to remember to keep your distance and both humans and black bears can enjoy nature together


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  • by Rob Location: London on Nov 14, 2007 at 12:57 PM
    How are the bears invading us?Didn't we try to kill them all off and take their homes to begin with???
  • by Laurel Co. Resident Location: Laurel Co. on Nov 14, 2007 at 12:26 PM
    Well, I'm a little worried about this. My family & I ride horses out close to lake. I noticed signs posted in the picnic areas warning of black bears. Luckily, I haven't had an encounter with them ....yet. (And I hope I don't.) I think it would scare the life right out of me... This would be a bad way to find out how fast my horse will run!
  • by Jeremy Location: Lex on Nov 14, 2007 at 12:11 PM
    i thanks we shuld hunt em bers HAHA Some of you people need to go and get an education. Of course a comment like that would come from Hazard. Rednecks want to shoot and kill every animal. Grow up!
  • by James Location: Moreland on Nov 14, 2007 at 10:35 AM
    Gail, how dare you...how dare you say I am selfish. I was planning on killing the bear, then leaving it for the turkeys, lady bugs and elk to eat. Been hitting the wild turkey have you Gail?
  • by Gail Location: Lawrenceburg on Nov 13, 2007 at 06:07 PM
    James, animals need this state to live in as well. It's just like mankind to kill everything for their own selfishness.
  • by ralph Location: pikeville on Nov 13, 2007 at 03:17 PM
    JAMES FROM MOREHEAD--WHERE IS YOUR PROOF ON WHAT YOU JUST QUOTED???????????
  • by Jackie Slade Location: Hazard on Nov 12, 2007 at 02:24 PM
    I feel they should put in a bear season so we can hunt them.
  • by SR Location: Lexington on Nov 12, 2007 at 09:17 AM
    The drought actually has alot to do with it - determines the amount of food and berries that they can feed on. Even in the Smoky Mountains the bears are in search of food. PLUS their space is being invaded - more commercial and residential is being built and they have no where to live. Bears are actually wonderful and beautiful creatures if you would just take the time to learn about them. They should not be hunted either! If rangers are treating bears badly then that should be reported but if they are just trying to "chase" them away for safety then I would understand that but as long as it is in the proper manner.
  • by us Location: ky on Nov 11, 2007 at 08:00 AM
    not only is it the drought i feel it is the way we are not saving any green space, we are building and building so wild animals have no where to go!
  • by Sandy Location: Owingsville on Nov 10, 2007 at 10:54 PM
    LOINS, TIGERS AND BEARS OH MY!!!!! KEEP your trash cleaned up and your children at a safe distance from the woods.
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