Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...

Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...
Stories of my hunting experiences with family, friends or whatever else I want to blog about.

A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter

Article by Fred Messina, editor of "On Target Outdoors" from The Vicksburg Evening Post on Friday, January 19, 1990. Photo by Bob Phillips.

Bob Phillips came up the other day with a photo of his wife Marian and a deer she got on Brown's Point New Years Eve. The deer was an 8-point with 16 inches of inside spread that weighed in at 190 pounds. A nice trophy in anyone's book. However, the tale Bob told is that this was Marian's fourth deer this year and he claimed that he would have done better than he did if he had not spent so much time hauling Marian's deer out of the woods. Come off it, Bob. We all know who the hunter was.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

A Black Bear In Town

Master Sgt. Charlie Gross waits yesterday morning near U.S. 61 South and Interstate 20 East, looking for a black bear reported in the area.

It was reported in yesterday's paper that a black bear was sited near Taco Bell and Kroger in the Pemberton Square Boulevard commercial area Monday and state and local law enforcement officials were on the lookout.

"It very well possibly could be a bear," said Brad Young, black bear biologist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

"This time of year, young bears do wander around and end up where they are not supposed to be."

Young said calls to 911 and the department sent a wildlife officer to the area yesterday morning.  

No property damage and no threats to people or pets were reported, Young added.

"The bear is not aggressive," said Master Sgt. Charlie Gross, state wildlife officer, who was searching the woods along with several Vicksburg police officers.

"If it's a male, he is probably looking for a mate and might be traveling."

It is not uncommon for young male bears 2 to 3 years old to be "pushed out by older, larger bears and looking for territory to call their own to cross into unfamiliar places, even wander into residential areas," Young said.

"No, black bears are not dangerous, but obviously they are wild animals and should be treated with respect," Young said.  

If wandering in the Pemberton Square Boulevard area, a black bear probably has come up from the woods around the Warren County-Claiborne County line at the Big Black River, Young said.  So many sightings have been reported there, he said, the department put up a bear crossing caution sign on U.S. 61 South.

It's also not uncommon for bears to swim the Mississippi River, even when the water is not at its current, near-historic low level, he added.

In Warren County, a Louisiana black bear was spotted on Davis Island in the Mississippi River in the spring of 2010.  You, the program leader of the department's Black Bear Program, has said the black bear population is rising.  The population was about 50 in the state in 2002, and has risen to 120 to 150, he said.

"Our standard operating procedure is to let bears be bears," he said. "Unless it is causing property damage or becoming a nuisance, we tend to back off and let the bear go on its way."

Any bear sightings should be reported to 911 or to the MDWFP at 601-432-2400 or 800-237-6278.

"Don't approach it," Young said.  "We don't want to scare it, make it climb a tree or put it in a position where it can't get away on its own."

By Pamela Hitchins

8/12/12 - Update:  No more new reports since last Tuesday afternoon and wildlife officers hope the bear has found its way out of the developed area on its own.  A trap has been set and baited if the black bear is seen again and will be taken out of the city if caught.  


Long Ridge Deer Camp said...

Cool! Black bears here are so common, and being a PAIN!

Henry Mitchel said...

I think we just have to leave this bear alone. :)

CDGardens said...

Black bears seem to be popping up in unusual places this year. I will be interested to hear where your bear shows up.

I haven't heard anymore about the bear touring Northeast Iowa this spring. :)

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