A black bear that went into a camper's tent, surprising the occupants, was destroyed by state wildlife managers who said yesterday that the bear had become too comfortable around people.
The encounter at 6 a.m. Thursday in Deep Creek Lake State Park was the third strike for the 202-pound mother bear. The animal had been trapped two previous times when it came into the campground in search of food, said Karina Blizzard, associate director of the Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife and Heritage Service. The bear underwent aversive conditioning to discourage it from returning.
Blizzard said the bear came face-to-face with a camper who had stored granola bars and fruit in the vestibule of a tent he was sharing with his girlfriend. The camper startled the bear - but not for long, Blizzard said.
"She ran back about five feet, stopped, and then stood there and looked at him for a couple minutes," Blizzard said. "Then she just moseyed down to look at other campsites." The bear's reaction was "clearly the kind of behavior we don't like to see," she said.
Blizzard said the bear was chased off by other campers but was tracked down by park workers, who killed her, leaving three cubs that were old enough to survive on their own.
Western Maryland: Downsville
Body of teen recovered in river
The body of a teenager who disappeared while swimming in the Potomac River was recovered yesterday afternoon, authorities said.
Jason Leon Line, 19, of Hagerstown was among three people who went swimming near Dam No. 4 in the Downsville area Wednesday night. Divers recovered his body about 3:30 p.m. near there, said Cpl. Ken Turner, spokesman for the Natural Resources Police.
Line's body will be taken to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy. Foul play is not suspected, Turner said.
New dairy princess is chosen
A Pasadena woman is Maryland's new dairy princess. Jessica Hernandez, 20, was chosen Thursday night from among six contestants at a pageant in Frederick. She will represent the state's dairy industry in the next year, promoting dairy products to consumers, said Karen Wolcott, the pageant's state coordinator.
Hernandez is an Anne Arundel County Community College student. She plans to transfer to the University of Maryland, College Park this fall to study agriculture, technology and rhetoric, with a goal of becoming a dairy industry spokeswoman.
T-ball game at White House
Mentally and physically disabled Little Leaguers from Thurmont and Shady Spring, W.Va., will play a T-ball game July 30 at the White House, the Bush administration said yesterday.
The teams are the Thurmont Little League Civitan Club of Frederick Challengers and the Shady Spring Little League Challenger Braves.