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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“Just Thinking”

Since: Nov 07

United States

#46 May 6, 2008
Ka-----K wrote:
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.
Amen!
Batch 37 Pain is Good

United States

#47 May 6, 2008
Whuteva wrote:
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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.
You would be correct.

Since: Oct 07

Big Rapids, MI

#48 May 6, 2008
I'll re-post this from November 29th. Seems to fit here.

Just got a flyer in the mail regarding the number of bear sightings in our state lately. They urge all hunters, hikers, and fisherman to take extra precautions while in the out of doors.

First they advise that all outdoorsman to wear little noisy bells attached to their clothing so as to give advanced warning to any and all bears that you are approaching. this will keep you from taking one of these bruins by suprise. Next, they suggest that everyone carry Pepper Spray with him or her in case of an actual bear encounter.

All outdoorsman should also be on the lookout for fresh bear activity or sign such as fresh s.cat You should also study so as to know the difference between cub and adult bear s.cat Cub bear s.cat is smaller and contains lots of berries and dassie fur. Adult bears s.cat noramlly contains tiny bells and smells like pepper.
Brent W

United States

#49 May 6, 2008
shoot first ask questions later!

“Pleasantly Deranged”

Since: Apr 08

West Michigan

#50 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.
But this is a "black" bear?
Batch 37 Pain is Good

United States

#51 May 6, 2008
Wide_Stance wrote:
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But this is a "black" bear?
You sure you have powder in that thing? It's not like you to miss it by that much. LOL
in fruitport

Denver, CO

#52 May 6, 2008
George wrote:
Where in fruitport? Can they give a street name?
blackcreek and broadway area
THE MOM

American Fork, UT

#53 May 6, 2008
THIS BEAR WAS AT MY FRONT DOOR LAST THURSDAY NITE ABOUT 9:15.HE WALKED AROUND OUR YARD AND CAME UP TO THE FRONT DOOR,AND PUT HIS NOSE ON THE SCREEN. HE REALLY WASN'T SCAREY,JUST RATHER SLOW AND A LITTLE DISORIENTED. WE LIVE ON BLACK CREEK,AND I REALLY THINK HE HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THE CREEK BED. THE SPCCA AND THE POLICE TRACKED HIM DOWN CHATTERSON ROAD AND INTO THE WOODS,WHERE HE CROSSED THE CREEK.HE WAS ALSO SPOTTED ON MAPLEISLAND ROAD ON FRIDAY NITE. I THINK HE IS JUST A LITTLE LOST!

Since: Feb 08

United States

#54 May 6, 2008
BR Bean Counter wrote:
I'll re-post this from November 29th. Seems to fit here.
Just got a flyer in the mail regarding the number of bear sightings in our state lately. They urge all hunters, hikers, and fisherman to take extra precautions while in the out of doors.
First they advise that all outdoorsman to wear little noisy bells attached to their clothing so as to give advanced warning to any and all bears that you are approaching. this will keep you from taking one of these bruins by suprise. Next, they suggest that everyone carry Pepper Spray with him or her in case of an actual bear encounter.
All outdoorsman should also be on the lookout for fresh bear activity or sign such as fresh s.cat You should also study so as to know the difference between cub and adult bear s.cat Cub bear s.cat is smaller and contains lots of berries and dassie fur. Adult bears s.cat noramlly contains tiny bells and smells like pepper.
LOL! Had me going......
amanda

Vulcan, MI

#55 May 6, 2008
what road was the black bear spoted on?

Since: Apr 08

Kent City, MI

#56 May 6, 2008
Great, now I suppose there are going to be a hundred people hunting it. Leave the bear alone. If it's attacking you, that's a different story. But don't shoot it just because it's there.

“Tomorrow is another today”

Since: Feb 08

Grand Rapids

#57 May 6, 2008
BR Bean Counter wrote:
I'll re-post this from November 29th. Seems to fit here.
Just got a flyer in the mail regarding the number of bear sightings in our state lately. They urge all hunters, hikers, and fisherman to take extra precautions while in the out of doors.
First they advise that all outdoorsman to wear little noisy bells attached to their clothing so as to give advanced warning to any and all bears that you are approaching. this will keep you from taking one of these bruins by suprise. Next, they suggest that everyone carry Pepper Spray with him or her in case of an actual bear encounter.
All outdoorsman should also be on the lookout for fresh bear activity or sign such as fresh s.cat You should also study so as to know the difference between cub and adult bear s.cat Cub bear s.cat is smaller and contains lots of berries and dassie fur. Adult bears s.cat noramlly contains tiny bells and smells like pepper.
ROFLMAO!!!!!!! I was really reading that and thinking....
That was by far one of the best!!!

Since: Jul 07

Grandville, MI

#58 May 6, 2008
BR Bean Counter wrote:
I'll re-post this from November 29th. Seems to fit here.
Just got a flyer in the mail regarding the number of bear sightings in our state lately. They urge all hunters, hikers, and fisherman to take extra precautions while in the out of doors.
First they advise that all outdoorsman to wear little noisy bells attached to their clothing so as to give advanced warning to any and all bears that you are approaching. this will keep you from taking one of these bruins by suprise. Next, they suggest that everyone carry Pepper Spray with him or her in case of an actual bear encounter.
All outdoorsman should also be on the lookout for fresh bear activity or sign such as fresh s.cat You should also study so as to know the difference between cub and adult bear s.cat Cub bear s.cat is smaller and contains lots of berries and dassie fur. Adult bears s.cat noramlly contains tiny bells and smells like pepper.
lmao Bean!
Kate

United States

#59 May 6, 2008
I guess a couple of years ago, they had one picking thru the dumpster at Perkin's over on Alpine Ave, employee went out to dump trash at night and found it there-little too close for my liking, but they have to eat. Just watch your cats and dogs, if they come up missing, you can probably guess that the bear got them.
unknown

AOL

#60 May 6, 2008
amanda wrote:
what road was the black bear spoted on?
The bear has been seen just east of black creek road and broadway ave. I have family with little children that live there and I can really feel their concern. It is a quiet neighborhood with a few "dead-end" roads where the children can play and ride their bikes and just have fun. Now we have to worry about them.
And anyone who knows black creek road where people drive very fast, there are curves, and hills, and limited sight distance, what is everyone going to say when the poor thing gets hit by a car? Well, maybe we shoulda listened and tried to get the thing to a safer environment.
Yes, maybe the poor thing is just lost, and probably won't hurt a soul, but who's to say that it won't get hurt? He does have every right to be here, but how safe is it for HIM?
As for the racist comments, why can't people just grow up? We are all living together in ONE world, it doesn't matter what color our hair, eyes, skin, or anything else. We're here together until the end, like it or not. It's the stupid comments that get people going, and it's not a joke anymore, it is just irritating.
Trish

United States

#61 May 6, 2008
unknown wrote:
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The bear has been seen just east of black creek road and broadway ave. I have family with little children that live there and I can really feel their concern. It is a quiet neighborhood with a few "dead-end" roads where the children can play and ride their bikes and just have fun. Now we have to worry about them.
And anyone who knows black creek road where people drive very fast, there are curves, and hills, and limited sight distance, what is everyone going to say when the poor thing gets hit by a car? Well, maybe we shoulda listened and tried to get the thing to a safer environment.
Yes, maybe the poor thing is just lost, and probably won't hurt a soul, but who's to say that it won't get hurt? He does have every right to be here, but how safe is it for HIM?
As for the racist comments, why can't people just grow up? We are all living together in ONE world, it doesn't matter what color our hair, eyes, skin, or anything else. We're here together until the end, like it or not. It's the stupid comments that get people going, and it's not a joke anymore, it is just irritating.
I agree it is scarie,,it would be nice to just catch it and take back WAY up north..they just get lost..feel sorry for them they are lost and dont know what to do,and see alot of things that probly scare them too..sad..we"ve had to live trap animals around here alot..dont want to hurt them just go back to the woods..
elephino

Grand Rapids, MI

#62 May 7, 2008
unknown wrote:
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As for the racist comments, why can't people just grow up? We are all living together in ONE world, it doesn't matter what color our hair, eyes, skin, or anything else. We're here together until the end, like it or not. It's the stupid comments that get people going, and it's not a joke anymore, it is just irritating.
The bear cannot be racist. Its black.
Gregd548

Deerfield, IL

#63 May 7, 2008
Whuteva wrote:
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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.
True. I have a friend who is a bear researcher and his take is: Browns & Grizzlies (basically the same animal) usually attack to defend food, protect young, and sometimes just because they're in a bad mood, but 'normally' leave after they've assured you're no longer a threat. Blacks normally won't attack humans, even to defend young, but if a black does attack, it usually means to kill you. Lived all my life in black bear country and have yet to encounter a problem.

“Just Thinking”

Since: Nov 07

United States

#64 May 7, 2008
Barbus wrote:
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!
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We must learn to live among the wildlife. All God's creatures.
Gregd548

Deerfield, IL

#65 May 7, 2008
Neko wrote:
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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!
I've spent most of my life in the woods of the U.P., have hunted bears, and do happen to knoe a good deal about them. But I would pay good money to watch you punch a p****d off black bear in the nose!! It might break that nose, but I wouldn't want to be in your shoes afterwards. The power and ability to soak up pain a bear has is incredible!

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