Bear B-1 Pays A Visit To Lyle Drive

Latest sighting is in neighborhood right across from Brown Middle School and Ryerson Elementary School.


Bear B-1, who has been sighted in several spots around town, is now raiding bird feeders on Lyle Drive, in a neighborhood right across Route 79/Durham Road from Brown Middle School and Ryerson Elementary School.

Garry Fenner, who lives at 26 Lyle Drive, took these pictures of the bear in the woods right behind his back yard.

"The bear bent the iron 1/2" diameter bird feeder pole in half to get at the 3 compartment bird feeder that he then took into the woods to eat the bird seed," Fenner told us via email.

This is one of several bears sighted in town in the past eight months, including in , on , and . In addition there were several sighted in   and in .

One bear, it might have been bear B-1, has been particularly persistent and sometimes reluctant to meander away. Here are .

Remember the best way to keep your yard bear-free is to keep it clear of anything that will attract a bear. It's clear that we have bears all over town, so now would be a good time to check to . Also in that article is information on how to report a bear to the state if you do see one.

Tony B July 26, 2012 at 07:32 PM
This Bear was also seen Yesterday July 25, at 6pm crossing Blinshed Rd near The Country School –
Pem McNerney (Editor) July 26, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Thanks Tony. He does seem to like Madison ...
Pem McNerney (Editor) July 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Speaking of bears ... here's a little bear incident from a small town in Georgia: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=3397418626522
Robin Jendzejec McShane July 27, 2012 at 11:57 AM
We saw the bear walking down the center of Cornfield Lane on Monday around 4pm. I was too far away to see if he was B1. It was VERY unnerving sight!
Pem McNerney (Editor) July 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Yes, he seems to be a rather bold bear.
Jay Berardino July 27, 2012 at 12:32 PM
For a list of fatal bear attacks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_bear_attacks_in_North_America#Black_bear_2
Pem McNerney (Editor) July 27, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Thanks. Interesting and rather chilling. A good reminder to never feed the bears and to keep your babies safe. The one about the five month old baby ... wow.
Jennifer Lisi July 27, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Shouldn't the state come and tranqualize and remove this bear to a remote location? He seems to be becoming entirely too comfortable with suburban life. Every time I step outside the house by myself in the early morning or evening I'm concerned about encountering him!
Malinda Moore July 27, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Just kill the dumb bear, like they killed the enviroment by constructing the single track bike trails in the Rockland Nature Preserve. No one in Madison care much about nature, animals or the enviroment.
Susan Wivell July 27, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Jennifer, I agree. I was picking raspberries in my yard last week and almost jumped out of my skin when I heard a nearby rustling in the woods. All I could think of was a bear snacking on the other side of the bushes! Not fun. Nor is it appropriate for a bear to be frequenting mid-town neighborhoods with lots of residents & children. They need to move that bear before something tragic happens, or to keep the bear from being shot in self defense.
Mary July 27, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Hey Jen, it's Mary! Looks like B-1's pretty close to us now. Gonna bring in the bird feeders . . .


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