Posted on Jun 19th, 2020

Brier Crest has seen an increase in the number of bears in our area.  The following is information from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.  We would appreciate you reviewing this information to ensure the safety of our residents, children and pets.  Please call the office if you have any questions or concerns.  Pamphlets are available for pick up. 
Pennsylvania population has been increasing for decades.  As a result bears and people are coming into contact more than ever.  Most of these encounters occur when bears learn there is easy to obtain food where people live. 
Intentionally feeding bears is against the law in Pennsylvania.  It is also against the law to put out any feed for any wildlife. Make sure you do not encourage bears to become a problem by letting potential; food sources attract them into residential; areas.  Bears will eat human food, garbage and pet food. Once bears find an easily accessible food source they will keep coming back as long as food is available. With every returning trip they lose their fear of people which could lead to bolder attempts at accessing food so does the risk of of being struck by a vehicle or becoming a more serious nuisance.  The best way to keep them away is to remove food sources. A persistent bear may damage property, increase the risk of human injury, and often a fed bear becomes a dead bear.  If you have pets do not leave their food bowls out.  Feeding congregates bear which significantly increases the risk of spreading disease. Mange, which is a debilitating condition of the skin and fur can lead to death.
What to Do if you Meet a Bear:
Alert the bear – make some noise giving it ample time to turn and leave.
Get back -  back away slowly while facing the bear so you always know where the bear is.  Wild bears rarely attack people.  Slowly backing away diffuses the situation and gives the bear room to flee.
Stay calm – Avoid sudden movements and talk to help the bear keep track of your retreat.  Running may prompt the bear to give chase and climbing a tree could be interpreted as a threat to any cubs that are present since cubs often climb trees when startled.  Move toward your house or vehicle if nearby.
Pay attention – If a bear begins to approach you, face the bear, wave your arms wildly and shout while continuing to back away.  Swing a stick, your backpack or whatever is handy if the bear gets close.  If suddenly surprised some bears may feel threatened and give warnings that they are uncomfortable.  They may clack their jaws or sway their head, those are signs for you to leave.  Some bears have been known to charge to within a few feet when threatened.  If this occurs wave your arms wildly and shout at the bear.
Fight back – Black bear attacks are extremely rare.  If a black bear attacks, fight back.  Bears have been driven away when people have fought back with rocks, sticks, or even their bare hands.
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