Black bear sighting in Fruitport Township

He's been skulking around for a while, but residents finally spotted their new neighbor "I walked over to tell the neighbors about it," said Greg Hulka. Full Story
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Plain Jane

Falls Church, VA

#2 May 6, 2008
I wonder why the don't tranquilize it and take it up to the Manistee National Forrest to release it.

“Have a nice day!”

Since: Apr 08

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#3 May 6, 2008
I'm glad we haven't killed off all the wildlife around here. Wonder what else is running around that we don't see too much of.
I live in Fruitport

Liverpool, NY

#4 May 6, 2008
I wish knew this was going on where I live! Now I'm leary of letting the kids out!
Cork

Caledonia, MI

#5 May 6, 2008
Plain Jane wrote:
I wonder why the don't tranquilize it and take it up to the Manistee National Forrest to release it.
I'm gathering from the story here, the DNR or Police haven't seen it yet, otherwise they would've, I'm sure.

Although punching a black bear in the nose is supposed to work, I wouldn't want to test the theory out! Has nothing to do with being a scaredy cat. Has a lot more to do with having common sense!
crzyblnd

Spring Lake, MI

#6 May 6, 2008
It would be nice for it to hang around the area. But someone will either kill it or some people will complain about it and it will be gone.
not new

Stanton, MI

#7 May 6, 2008
Every year the bears are out at this time, it's been in the news, it's not new! They will make their way up North. We just need to leave them be.
Batch 37 Pain is Good

Riverdale, MI

#8 May 6, 2008
Oh leave the bears alone. They are mainly nocturnal and will only hunt teenagers who roam the streets late at night(suppose to be in bed)causing trouble.

“Have a nice day!”

Since: Apr 08

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#9 May 6, 2008
Batch 37 Pain is Good wrote:
Oh leave the bears alone. They are mainly nocturnal and will only hunt teenagers who roam the streets late at night(suppose to be in bed)causing trouble.
LOL if only that were true, I know a couple of teens I'd send that way

“I think I am an All Right Girl”

Since: Aug 07

Grand Rapids

#10 May 6, 2008
Lol Batch!
Batch 37 Pain is Good wrote:
Oh leave the bears alone. They are mainly nocturnal and will only hunt teenagers who roam the streets late at night(suppose to be in bed)causing trouble.
melanie

Muskegon, MI

#11 May 6, 2008
I think it is really cool to see the bear, and it is also it's right to be here, after all we keep building and building on the animals homes and taking there places away were they live, they have no choice but to keep moving around to find new places to live and find food. stop and think if it were us that were in that poor animals place. this should be a wake up call to stop building on every open piece of land we have just to make money.
Muskegon

Ann Arbor, MI

#13 May 6, 2008
It is cool that you don't have to go north to see the black bear. Hopefully the people are educated on how to not lure the bear near there home.Black bears are easly startled and run away so there should not be a threat to children as long as they don't taughnt the bear.
Batch 37 Pain is Good

Riverdale, MI

#14 May 6, 2008
eastCAT wrote:
<quoted text>tell that to my friends parents, he was mauled to death in the UP in '79 by a black bear.
Of all bear attacks. Black Bears are most often involved and deadly. That said, I think we need to have a curfew for Wyoming and Grand Rapids in the area's being robbed. We could release the bears to patrol the area and set up shop. That would quiet down the illegal activity.

Since: Mar 08

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#15 May 6, 2008
Hysteria over a little black bear? They're a lot more common than people think around here.

Ive spent couuntless days around them in the Pacific Northwest, in and around western Washington, but the most I have ever seen is in a little coastal town in British Columbia called Tofino where the locals say they out number squirrels (although I doubt that).

Neko is right, they are bearly ;-) a threat to anyone unless cubs are involved or if you spook them.

“WINGS....ROCK The Ice YEAH!”

Since: Mar 08

Allendale, MI

#16 May 6, 2008
We have Cougar, Black Bear, Coyotee, BOb Cat, Deer for the larger ones the ones to fear if one is to fear would be the Humans......Not the Critters...

Since: Mar 08

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#17 May 6, 2008
Batch 37 Pain is Good wrote:
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Of all bear attacks. Black Bears are most often involved and deadly.
That is true but it doesnt mean that Black Bears are more dangerous than Browns or Grizzlys. Its true due to sheer numbers. Black Bears out number the others 10:1 and Black Bears live throughout the U.S. and Canada, putting them in close proximity to humans. Grizzlies and Browns only inhabit small pockets in the lower 48 and along the Canadian west into Alaska, for the most part away from human contact.
Wyoming resident

Encino, CA

#18 May 6, 2008
Amen MistRider I for sure am more scared of the human population then the wildlife.
Barf uch Cashlem achoo

Grand Rapids, MI

#19 May 6, 2008
If you look at a bear, you will see that it has hair, eyes, ears, and a nose much like us humans. Just an observation from a vet.
alah bless amway

Since: Jul 07

Grandville, MI

#20 May 6, 2008
Plain Jane wrote:
I wonder why the don't tranquilize it and take it up to the Manistee National Forrest to release it.
If they do it's just a waste of time & money as long as it's not being a nucence, leave it be. There are quite a few bears in montacalm, kent,ottawa & mecosta county always has been always will be. people need to quit freaking out. Seriously whens has anyone heard of anyone being harmed by a bear here. I lived in manistee county for years. we had bears on our property IN MY DRIVEWAY. If you leave them be they will leave you be. people just need to use some common sense wehn it comes to any animal wild or domestic.
Outdoor Lover

Spring Lake, MI

#22 May 6, 2008
Leave it be. We should be thankful there are still bears around. We have coyotes living in the woods behind our house...no, I am not crazy about them being that close but they have every right to be there.

I would rather chance wandering through the woods with these creatures than walking down most streets in GR, or even some in Holland, for that matter.
George

Alpharetta, GA

#23 May 6, 2008
Where in fruitport? Can they give a street name?

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