Friday, August 24, 2007
Carlisle bear's whereabouts still a puzzle
Where is the bear? Last fall and winter one or more black bears were spotted frequently throughout Carlisle — usually in night-time raids on residents' garbage cans or bird feeders, but there have been no reports logged with the Carlisle Police or the newspaper in several months. Recently there were rumors on the town grapevine that a bear might have been killed in town. When questioned, the police said they knew nothing of the matter.
The Mosquito checked with the district office of Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) in Acton, which was unable to respond, since a new administrative ruling requires all comments to the media be made from the Massachusetts Executive Department of Environmental Affairs. Thus it was that Lisa Capone, spokesman for the Department of Environmental Affairs, investigated the Mosquito's request as to the bear's present status. She spoke with the environmental police and the Acton MassWildlife office, and was able to report that neither office had any new information about the bear.
Another possible reason for the bear's disappearance is that it has just moved on to another town. According to www.americanbear.org, female adult black bears have a range up to 15 square miles, which is about the size of Carlisle. However, adult males wander much farther and have a typical home range between eight and 60 square miles.
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