Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Black bear sightings in PA campgrounds becoming more frequent

Retired truck driver Jim Chaisson had just turned on the coffee maker one recent morning when he heard a strange sound coming from outside the motor home he shares with his wife, Jimmie, a retired nurse, on the grounds of the Fort Necessity National Battlefield in southern Fayette County.

A young, 200-pound black bear was outside, wrestling with the 4-inch sewer hose coming from the RV, trying to root out the food scraps inside.

Mr. Chaisson, of Greeley, Colo., a temporary volunteer at Fort Necessity, screamed and hollered at the bear, pounding on the side of the motor home to get it to go away.

"It didn't do anything," said Mr. Chaisson. "It just looked at us as if to say, 'You're infringing on my territory.' It was not afraid of us. It really did not want to leave, but I was just enough of an irritant to him."

The bear then lay down underneath a nearby tree for a while, before finally ambling off into the woods.

It was the bear's second visit to the RV, but Mr. Chaisson's first face-to-face encounter with one. Full Story...

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