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Black Bear in Burke Township

by , Posted to on 06/29/2010 10:25 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/07/2009
Location: ND
Has anyone heard the "Real" story about the bear spotted and killed by ND Game & Fish in the Burke Township area approx. 3 weeks ago?  I have alot of questions about this!!!
Re: Black Bear in Burke Township
by on 06/29/2010 11:00 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: nd

http://www.minotdailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/540514.html

STANLEY A black bear initially spotted near Bowbells earlier this month likely is the same one shot in the Stanley area June 11, according to North Dakota Game & Fish officials.

The bear was shot south of Stanley, said Dale Repnow, administrative assistant for the Wildlife Division of the Game & Fish Department.

A black bear was first spotted going across Hal Ross's field near Bowbells the first weekend of this month, which caused a lot of excitement and interest in that area.

A few days later, on June 9, a Garrison man, Curtis Moe, called The Minot Daily News, saying he had seen a black bear that afternoon when traveling on U.S. Highway 2. He saw the bear a mile east of the Blaisdell turnoff and the bear was headed south.

The Burke County Tribune in Bowbells and the Mountrail County Promoter in Stanley, weekly newspapers, reported that on June 11 a resident south of Stanley saw the bear inside his shop/garage eating dog food. The bear continued to hang around.

Game & Fish officials decided to shoot the bear because of safety concerns, including the potential of the animal being dangerous to humans, its inability to find bear habitat in the area and that it will revisit food sources, the weekly newspapers reported.

Repnow said that on June 9 a bear also was sighted at the J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge north of Towner. A bear also was sighted several miles west of Rugby on the side of U.S. Highway 2.

Officials believe fires in Canada might be causing the bears to leave their habitat and come into North Dakota.


Re: Black Bear in Burke Township
by on 06/29/2010 11:19 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 06/21/2002
Location: ND
Sweet, next we will have a bear and wolf season.....lol
Re: Black Bear in Burke Township
by on 06/29/2010 11:23 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Iinability to find bear habitat?    I thought bears inhabited this land before the white man took over the land from the native americans?
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Re: Black Bear in Burke Township
by on 06/29/2010 11:36 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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I know that tranqualizing animals is not the best way to go but in a situation like this I am wondering why they did not choose that option.  The bear was obviously pushed out of its normal territory and would not likely come back to this area.
Re: Black Bear in Burke Township
by on 06/30/2010 00:07 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
I honestly believe egos get in the way of common sense in instances like this. Bragging rights to shooting a black bear, take pictures and show to all your badge wearing gun totting buddies without any worry of legal consequences.

There are a lot of bears in NW Minnesota less than 30 miles from the ND border. I have many friends who live over there that regularly see bears in the yard, pasture, or fields in the summer and fall, and I can't say that they are too worried about getting eaten. Every bear I've ever seen, and I've seen quite a few of them, have been a hell of a lot more afraid of me than me of them.
Re: Black Bear in Burke Township
by on 06/30/2010 00:39 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
ND is more suited for Grizzly bears, from what I hav e read about the first expeditions here. Lots of griz in the upper Mo breaks when L and C came through. I don't recall reading about too many black bear sightings.

I say to hell with that pot o' gold.

Re: Black Bear in Burke Township
by on 06/30/2010 09:05 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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AMEN to that Bowhuntin!!! 
Re: Black Bear in Burke Township
by on 06/30/2010 10:39 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: SD
The NDG&F have virtually no experience relocating bears.  Why anyone would expect them to is thinking with their heart instead of their head.  My best man from my wedding is a district CO in Pennsylvania.  He traps and relocates many bears each year in the pocono's.  But he has the training, equiptment, and manpower to do it safely for his crew as well as the bears.  How many of you guys would go to a surgeon to have your gallbladder out if the surgeon only read about it and seen it done on a video?  Afterall tranquilizing a heifer in a pasture is not the same as a bear in the wild.
Re: Black Bear in Burke Township
by on 06/30/2010 10:44 AM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
Bowhuntin Said:
I honestly believe egos get in the way of common sense in instances like this. Bragging rights to shooting a black bear, take pictures and show to all your badge wearing gun totting buddies without any worry of legal consequences.


I know for a fact that was not the case in this instance.

Re: Black Bear in Burke Township
by on 06/30/2010 4:47 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Point taken Swift.  But... being as we live next door to MN and Canada maybe they should have the training.  It is kind of like law enforcement in ND, god forbid, never or rarely having to deal with serial killers, serial rapists, or terrorists.  But you sure as heck hope that they are trained for it if it does happen!

Re: Black Bear in Burke Township
by on 06/30/2010 4:52 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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One more point to Swift's comment:  Moose are tranquilized and moved in ND safely and obviously with enough manpower and they can be just as dangerous, if not more so, than black bear.  Food for thought :)
Re: Black Bear in Burke Township
by on 06/30/2010 4:55 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Did the bear not leave the dog food and barn area and was heading down the farmer's tree rows when Game & Fish hunted it down????
Re: Black Bear in Burke Township
by on 06/30/2010 6:14 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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This is a bit of Monday morning quarterbacking, but it should have been (perhaps it was?) a considered course of action to live trap and relocate the bear.  The equipment and know-how aren't that far away (thinking Montana).  If the bear was potentially returning to a food source, it's feasible that this could have been done. 
Re: Black Bear in Burke Township
by on 06/30/2010 7:11 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
Not sure I understand why it had to be killed, trapped or tranquilized in the first place? Leave the damn thing alone, he would have been ok. Minnesota, Manitoba and Montana all have black bears, SD and Montana have mountain lions and I don't read about them shooting every one they see. More than likely a young bear that either left Manitoba because of fires or just got disoriented. 

I don't understand the thought process that every animal (bear or lion) is seen as a threat and has to be killed.
Re: Black Bear in Burke Township
by on 06/30/2010 7:24 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: ND
They will hunt down a bear in Stanely area but not hunt down a mountain lion in Bismarck city lmiits??

I wonder what was threatening about it eating dog food... no more threatening than a mountain lion near a farm is there??

It is easy to criticize them but there seems to either be a lack of consistency in their approach to these situations or a lack of explanation... or they only shoot animals that they haven't released for re-population... hehe
Re: Black Bear in Burke Township
by on 06/30/2010 7:34 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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the bear was seen in the town of Blaisdell a couple days before it was put down. G&F and other officials saw it and took pictures from like 30 yards. It was no threat and obviously wasn't put down.
The next few days the bear got into a lot of trouble. Tearing into vehicles and rummaging thru garbage and garages. They did not want to shoot the bear.
Well later it was in a person's garage and he felt threatened. The game and fish was called. They decided to put the bear down. They didn't sit around and take pics with the bear.
it was a 190 lb bear.

so they didn't really have a choice. they didn't just spot a bear lounging in the grass and end its life. It was a problem bear and would have always been after this.

Re: Black Bear in Burke Township
by on 06/30/2010 10:15 PM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Bowhuntin, your response is actually my thoughts exactly.  Why is this state so blood thirsty when it comes to wildlife that is not the norm here?  I am an avid hunter, don't get me wrong, but not every seen mt.lion or bear has to be shot (out of season).  Every large animal in North Dakota has the potential to be dangerous.  It is called using precautions, common sense and vigiliance.  If bears re-populate the state enjoy the rare sightings.  And have fun during the hunting season.
Re: Black Bear in Burke Township
by on 06/30/2010 10:19 PM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Hmmm i wonder if this was the same bear that roamed through Foster county around the end of may????

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Re: Black Bear in Burke Township
by on 06/30/2010 11:38 PM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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akfreed Said:
Bowhuntin, your response is actually my thoughts exactly.  Why is this state so blood thirsty when it comes to wildlife that is not the norm here?  I am an avid hunter, don't get me wrong, but not every seen mt.lion or bear has to be shot (out of season).  Every large animal in North Dakota has the potential to be dangerous.  It is called using precautions, common sense and vigiliance.  If bears re-populate the state enjoy the rare sightings.  And have fun during the hunting season.
I don't understand the though either, but I think law enforcement must get some devious pleasure from shooting those animals. The picture of the mountain lion shot in MN a couple years ago was plastered all over the papers with the smiley cop holding the lions head in one hand and his gun in the other hand so he must have got his rocks off shooting it or something.

Both bears and lions are secretive animals and I wonder how many lions have walked through Bismarck along the river undetected and never caused a problem? But have someone see one and they cops are out there with spotlights and shotguns hammering away at the poor thing. Sad deal.

BTW, if that bear was indeed 190 lbs. that's a good sized bear and probably 3 - 4 years old at least. Hard to believe an old bear would come into town, something doesn't add up in the story.

Re: Black Bear in Burke Township
by on 07/01/2010 10:03 AM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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Location: MN
3XGutshot Said:
Iinability to find bear habitat?    I thought bears inhabited this land before the white man took over the land from the native americans?

Yep, before the four wheel drive tractor, cultivator, tree removal equipment, housing, pasture and fences. My experience with bears is they need wooded area's to survive. They obtain most of their food from grubbing in forested land for bugs, insects, worms. at least until the berries and nuts ripen. Im sure the G&F take no pleasure in killing this animal.
 
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