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Posted By: Bill Ames
Date: Thursday, 6 September 2007, at 12:22 p.m.
The PA Game Commission has posted a nice article on bear awareness, and what to do if you see one.
The few bears I've seen while hiking have slinked way while I yelled at them. Since your mileage may vary, here's the full article, with a teaser below:
"Bear activity can increase during the fall as bears try to consume as many calories as possible from any source they can find in preparation for denning," Ternent said. "As a result, sightings of bears can increase, particularly if natural nut and berry crops are below average.
"While Pennsylvania bears are mostly timid animals that would sooner run than confront people, residents should know a few things about how to react if they encounter a bear, or better yet, how to avoid an encounter altogether by reducing the likelihood of attracting bears in the first place."