Black bear sighting in Fruitport Town...

Black bear sighting in Fruitport Township

There are 62 comments on the WZZM Grand Rapids story from May 5, 2008, titled Black bear sighting in Fruitport Township. In it, WZZM Grand Rapids reports that:

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.

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Kim in gr

Detroit, MI

#24 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 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.
Bring em down to Grand Rapids the lower west side, that will keep the little creatons away , oh wait they carry guns down here.

Since: Jul 07

Grandville, MI

#25 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.
Chances are they were messing with the bear or if they were camping they left their food out & he was looking for for a meal & was confronted my the man mauled. Again use common sense people.

“Just Thinking”

Since: Nov 07

Caledonia, MI

#26 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.
Sorry about your friend. But just because we have wild animals and once in a blue moon something lousy happens, we cannot keep killing the wildlife.
FED UP

Milan, MI

#27 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.
That may be the exception! Records dating back more than a 100 years show there were only 2 or 3 recorded bear attacks in michigan. So given the population of humans and the black bears the odds of you or me being attacked by a bear is pretty slim. Bears are shy animals they avoid areas where humans are. The only reason they would encrouch on human areas would be to find food, but if they find food they will return to that same area, so my advice is to keep your trash cans and dumpsters in your garage if possible, if they don't find food in that area they will quickly leave.
James

Grant, MI

#28 May 6, 2008
They should grab a few bears and turn them loose on the streets of GR. Maybe it will keep some of the hoods off the street at night.

“I think I am an All Right Girl”

Since: Aug 07

Grand Rapids

#29 May 6, 2008
Excellant post Outdoors Lover! I have a agree leave them alone.

I have deer, coyottes all kinds of wildlife running around! Leave them alone and they will leave you alone. They have no where to go anymore with all the construction etc.....we invade them!
outdoors lover wrote:
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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.
George5478

Grand Rapids, MI

#31 May 6, 2008
James wrote:
They should grab a few bears and turn them loose on the streets of GR. Maybe it will keep some of the hoods off the street at night.
That is the best idea ever...
The Mitten Sux

Maricopa, AZ

#33 May 6, 2008
Rather have bears in my hood than Knee Growths....no Im sayin?
elephino

Spring Lake, MI

#34 May 6, 2008
Would there be so much fuss over a white bear????

I think not.

Why does it always have to be about race?
Neko

United States

#35 May 6, 2008
Whuteva wrote:
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.
I used to hunt them...until the DNR started having their drawings and anti-hunters ended up with most of the harvest tags...

They lost my money as far as hunting them anymore. But I will show where my hunting spot in da U.P. is for a fee.

Hunting bears is not easy or cheap.(Ya just can't rope it and drag it out of the woods....LOL)

If you see it...take pictures and show the kids. Just don't try to feed them please!(Or they will keep coming back for more and end up being a nusance and attacking bird feeders and pets)

Once humans feed them they lose their fear of humans!
Neko

United States

#36 May 6, 2008
fast eddie wrote:
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Lol...ok hero. I would love to see you "simply" punch a bear in the nose. I think you may be watching a little too much tv. Anyways, I do agree with you that the bear probably doesn't pose much of a threat to humans. However, we can't have bears going through garbage cans in residential neighborhoods and pretend like there isn't a problem.
Hero?

I find that offensive! Would you like to end up tied to a tree smeared with grade b honey...surrounded by surplus baked goods?

Believe me....if I punched a bear in the nose the nose will break just like a humans nose would!

I probably spend more time in the woods in a month then you pansy city boys do in a lifetime!
hello kitteh

Kalamazoo, MI

#37 May 6, 2008
George wrote:
Where in fruitport? Can they give a street name?
Yes, does any one know the bears address? ;-)

“Have a nice day!”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#38 May 6, 2008
Whuteva wrote:
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.
"bearly" ARR ARR good one!

“WINGS....ROCK The Ice YEAH!”

Since: Mar 08

Allendale, MI

#39 May 6, 2008
Ya Know Neko tis City life growing up is not a PANSY LIFE..You come to the City and live.....

“Just Thinking”

Since: Nov 07

Caledonia, MI

#40 May 6, 2008
elephino wrote:
Would there be so much fuss over a white bear????
I think not.
Why does it always have to be about race?
Now that is funny! Good One!!!
animal lover myself

Syracuse, NY

#41 May 6, 2008
Funny how ya all have a say about how people need to leave the bear alone...not one of you truly know the story. All you have heard and seen is a 2 minute news report.

Well I live on the street where the bear was seen and filmed... let me tell you NO ONE was taunting the bear.. NO ONE was even attempting to touch the bear! The only reason anyone is concerned is there are many MANY children on our street.

The bear was seen walking up and down the driveway attempting to get in a garbage can, children were playing very close by.

As much as someone would hope children would not run or chase a bear, there are children out there that might not do what is right!

So before you all get judgemental of the situation, maybe you should really have the facts before you make stupid comments.

AS for Elephino,,, no one made it a race thing but YOU...idiot!

Since: Mar 08

Location hidden

#42 May 6, 2008
animal lover myself wrote:
Funny how ya all have a say about how people need to leave the bear alone...not one of you truly know the story. All you have heard and seen is a 2 minute news report.
Well I live on the street where the bear was seen and filmed... let me tell you NO ONE was taunting the bear.. NO ONE was even attempting to touch the bear! The only reason anyone is concerned is there are many MANY children on our street.
The bear was seen walking up and down the driveway attempting to get in a garbage can, children were playing very close by.
As much as someone would hope children would not run or chase a bear, there are children out there that might not do what is right!
So before you all get judgemental of the situation, maybe you should really have the facts before you make stupid comments.
AS for Elephino,,, no one made it a race thing but YOU...idiot!
Time to put your garbage away. Problem solved.
hello kitteh

Kalamazoo, MI

#43 May 6, 2008
AS for Elephino,,, no one made it a race thing but YOU...idiot!
psst! That's called a joke! FYI!
Ka-----K

Montgomery, IL

#44 May 6, 2008
Thank you Mr. Hulka! You are absolutely right! We ARE in THEIR space. We need to respect these magnificent animals. We all live on this earth together.

“Just Thinking”

Since: Nov 07

Caledonia, MI

#45 May 6, 2008
animal lover myself wrote:
Funny how ya all have a say about how people need to leave the bear alone...not one of you truly know the story. All you have heard and seen is a 2 minute news report.
Well I live on the street where the bear was seen and filmed... let me tell you NO ONE was taunting the bear.. NO ONE was even attempting to touch the bear! The only reason anyone is concerned is there are many MANY children on our street.
The bear was seen walking up and down the driveway attempting to get in a garbage can, children were playing very close by.
As much as someone would hope children would not run or chase a bear, there are children out there that might not do what is right!
So before you all get judgemental of the situation, maybe you should really have the facts before you make stupid comments.
AS for Elephino,,, no one made it a race thing but YOU...idiot!
So, what do we do, eradicate ALL potentially dangerous and RAREly dangerous animals. You might better start with the "pets" who have jaws that can chomp little kids' arms off. For cyring out loud. Have you learned nothing? With all the species disappearing from this country. Do you know that bears eat berries too and when they poop they are helping disperse the seeds to more plants will grow which makes this a better world. Good GRIEF. Let the bear be, put your trash up in a tree sling or locked up in garage, or compost properly (and I do mean proper because then a bear would not even be attracted to it) and the bears will hang on the periphery of the neighborhoods and not bother poor little children. Talk about an overreaction. PS: the black and white joke was excellent humor and not really a reason to call a person an idiot. It was funny!!!!!

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