Black Bear Attacks Alpaca Farm Near Frederick

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Officials with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are looking for the black bear that attacked and seriously injured an alpaca at a farm in the Frederick area.

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If dogs could talk

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Bears are indigenous around Catoctin Mountain, they belong. What the F is a South American alpaca doing there?
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If dogs could talk wrote:
Bears are indigenous around Catoctin Mountain, they belong. What the F is a South American alpaca doing there?
Exactly!
LadyT

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Aug 28, 2008
 
I'm sure the bear was thinking the same thing!
JAM

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Aug 28, 2008
 
If dogs could talk wrote:
Bears are indigenous around Catoctin Mountain, they belong. What the F is a South American alpaca doing there?
Will you repeat this statement if a human is attacked?
More Bears Needed

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Aug 28, 2008
 
This is an effect of OVER Development. Standby more to come from the bears. He should have eaten the alpaca. "If dogs could talk' makes an excellent point. I say let's set the alpacas free and let me hunt them b*tch*s. I would love to shoot one. They look like good eat'n (that's probably what the bear was thinking)and their pelts would make a great rug.

Liberal soulution to the 'carnivore problem'- kill all the bears, wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, foxes,and all other predatory animals, except birds of course. That way all of the 'Nice' animals can live a full life without fear of being eaten. Oh, and hunting would be banned, FOREVER!
G L Rockwell

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The bear probably didn't like the alpaca's looks. Maybe the bear was hungry. Maybe the bear was just in a bad mood. Who knows? Maybe it had run out of charmin, got cranky, got mean. What the area needs is the indroduction of the grizzley bear. And maybe some real tigers from India. After enough stock has been bred, a limited hunt for griz and tiger would go into effect. Black bear are already hunted some places.
Perhaps humans convicted of murder could be turned loose in the woods and after a hundred count head started be hunted, killed, gutted, and head mounted. It can all start from one alpaca and one bear.
More sporting events are needed about the Balt-Wash area. Many young people will never know the joy of legal killing.
Dog Rescuer

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Aug 28, 2008
 
Aren't black bears herbivores? I think the development issue is more likely the reason rather than hunger. Or, it could have been a mother bear that thought the alpaca was a danger to her cub.
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Aug 28, 2008
 
That ought to separate the sheep from the...bears.
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I agree with bringing Grizzlies in, turn those big daddies loose in DC and PG and let them clean up the ape and cockroach infestation, Hell, lets get tigers, lions whatever. Maybe salt water crocks?
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Dog Rescuer wrote:
Aren't black bears herbivores? I think the development issue is more likely the reason rather than hunger. Or, it could have been a mother bear that thought the alpaca was a danger to her cub.
All bears (except polar*) are onmivores - they eat meat, plants, Snickers bars, greasy pizza boxes, whatever. I'm sure the alpaca looked stange but delicious to the bear. My point was that the aplaca's owner chose an area rich in bears to raise an exotic species which shouldn't even be in Maryland anyway. He pretty much invited the bear to a free lunch. And, now the PoPo is going to go murder a bear to appease this guy.

*Polar bears are strict carnivores - they eat fish seals, Eskimos.
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Aug 28, 2008
 
If dogs could talk wrote:
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All bears (except polar*) are onmivores - they eat meat, plants, Snickers bars, greasy pizza boxes, whatever. I'm sure the alpaca looked stange but delicious to the bear. My point was that the aplaca's owner chose an area rich in bears to raise an exotic species which shouldn't even be in Maryland anyway. He pretty much invited the bear to a free lunch. And, now the PoPo is going to go murder a bear to appease this guy.
*Polar bears are strict carnivores - they eat fish seals, Eskimos.
Well by your reasoning horses, cows or any domesticated animals shouldn't be there. You probably think people don't belong there either. In fact people are all the problem anyway so maybe they should all just be done away with.
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I heard the alpaca was White. This sounds like a possible hate crime to me.
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Aug 28, 2008
 
LOL, Saltine. Too funny
Former Scooter Rider

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Aug 28, 2008
 
Obviously the farmer has been feeding his alpacas natural male enhancement. That's the only explanation for the alpaca's ability to fend off a bear. Bears are big and scary, but anybody using natural male enhancement can fight off a bear as easily as licking whipped cream off a stripper's ****.
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Nov 15, 2008
 
The alpaca farmer should find a way to protect their animals without harming local wildlife.Most of all BEARS which are on the rebound after an absense of 30 years from loss of habitat.Someone who is fortunate enough to live in a place that is still wild enough to support bears should appreciate the natural diversity and be greatful for their presence.
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Nov 19, 2008
 
Bear sightings are becoming more prevelant in both urban and rural areas of Maryland. Bears are known to travel long distances, and in doing so encounter both humans and wildlife not normally aware of their presence or existence. This is not news, nor is it surprising. As some pointed out, some of the increased bear sightings and activity is directly associated with over-development and the encroachment of humans in the wildness.

I can't read the news tory because of this stupid new website design. Did the bear kill the alpaca, or did it eat it, too? That factor alone could determine the cause for the attack.

Black bear are native to Maryland, but they usually reside in the western and more mountainous regions (there are signs posted along I-70 regarding bears and other Maryland wildlife). At times, they have been spotted in urban areas, such as Montgomery County, during their travels to more suitable habitat.

Although there are no known bear vs. human attacks in Maryland, it will eventually occur. It is the responsiblity of humans to educate themselves about bear habitat, etc. It is also the human responsibility to protect both bears and themselves. Do some simple research and you'll give yourselves a short education on bears in Maryland.

As for releasing bear in PG county, that's not exactly a bad idea ...
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Jun 26, 2010
 
Dog Rescuer wrote:
Aren't black bears herbivores? I think the development issue is more likely the reason rather than hunger. Or, it could have been a mother bear that thought the alpaca was a danger to her cub.
Black bears are actually omnivores and go after what they think that can take down and eat. The bear was probably doing what come naturally to prey that was available in a way it wouldn't have been in nature: a captive prey, as it were.
momo the black bear scat

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Nov 27, 2010
 
Bears are usually alpaca's that wear bear rugs, for those of you that don't know much about the outdoors...this was a simple open and shut case of cannabalism..

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Nov 27, 2010
 
You are a real sensitive bunch of folks
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Nov 6, 2011
 
Now here we are in 2011 and have had many black bear sightings in the Braddock Heights area. Happens every couple of years. This one was eating from the dumpsters at Braddock Inn. It was also sighted just ambling carefree across Mt Zion road. I don't go out in my backyard at night, just to be safe. They should let the bears alone, this is THEIR mountain, not ours. The new influx of residential building in our neighborhood is just one example of encroaching on the bears areas that they used to be able to roam freely in.

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