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    Default Black Bears in northeast Nebraska!

    There is a female black bear with 2 cubs roaming around the Allen/Martinsburg area where my grandpa farms. A bunch of people have been seeing her and the cubs. How would a female black bear make it here with 2 cubs? Where the heck would she come from is my question?!? Especially with 2 cubs...i guess shes been seen by a bunch of different people and theres pictures of her and the cubs in alfalfa fields on facebooks that someone posted! Is this crazy to anyone else? Mountain lions are EVERYWHERE around here now, elks ranges are getting closer to here every year, my cousin was seeing a bull elk by wisner everyday deer hunting last fall, and a coupke years ago a guy we hunt with found a moose skull by newcastle. Whats going on cause this really doesnt seem 'normal' to me, especially for nebraska.

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    Conceivably she could have wandered down from the woods of Minnesota.

    http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/mammals/blackbear.html

    There are roughly 20,000 black bears in Minnesota. Sport hunting is their main source of mortality. Minnesota hunters harvest an average of about 3,000 black bears annually. Bear hunting license sales are restricted in most of the range to maintain a desired harvest and population size.
    Bears often roam long distances in the fall, looking for food-rich areas (especially acorns) where they can fatten for winter. Although they all don’t move in the same direction, travel together, or even go on such excursions every year, they typically return to their summer home range to den, so this “fall shuffle”, as it is commonly called, is actually a true seasonal migration. Bears hibernate in their dens during winter, for as long as six or seven months, living off their stored body fat. During this time they do not eat, drink, urinate or defecate, but recycle body wastes and arouse in spring with little loss of muscle mass or strength.
    http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/wildli.../blackbear.asp

    The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is interested in verifying black bear observations in Nebraska. Black bear presence in an area can be confirmed based on signs such as tracks, feces, and claw marks on trees. If you have evidence of a black bear (such as video, photo, tracks, feces, hair, etc.) please call your nearest NGPC office and we will investigate the observation. If you are not certain if the tracks you found are from a black bear, please consult the images shown below. Cover the tracks with buckets to prevent destruction and inform the NGPC. If you take photos of sign, please include a ruler or pen in the picture for size reference.
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    Post pictures of the bears in Allen/Martinsburg that you saw on bookface.

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    Sounds a bit FISHY to me. My question is "where is the papa"?

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    My wild guess is somebody had a few too many at Bob's and came up with quite a story to pass around.
    Last edited by Stark; 05-07-2012 at 08:47 PM.
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