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Bear that wandered area dies from fall

Published: Wed, June 30, 2010 @ 12:06 a.m.


Residents in the 1100 block of Mathews Road in Boardman spotted this young black bear behind their homes.




The young black bear that spent several days entertaining and sometimes startling residents of Boardman and Poland earlier this month has died.

Authorities said the bear, identified by a numbered ear tag, died in an apparent fall from a utility pole on Page Road in Portage County early Tuesday.

A resident of the area spotted the bear lying at the base of the pole shortly before 10 a.m.

Jamey Graham, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife, said it was initially thought the bear had been hit by a car or electrocuted when it climbed the pole, but there were no external injuries or burn marks consistent with either theory, she said.

A wildlife biologist determined that the bear had suffered a broken nose, leading authorities to conclude that it apparently fell from the pole and died of its injuries. There were deep claw marks evident on the pole, Graham said.

The bear was 2 years old and weighed about 150 pounds.

“He’d been into a lot of bird feeders,” Graham said, noting that an examination of the bear’s stomach contents showed birdseed and raspberries. There were bird feeders on the property where the bear was found, she said.

Authorities had used strawberry shortcake to lure the bear into a live trap in Boardman on June 21 and then relocated it to a rural area in northern Trumbull County, about 40 miles from where it died.

Graham said the Ohio Division of Wildlife is still tracking several other bears that have been very active in the region, one in Trumbull County, another in Columbiana and a third in Jefferson County.

It’s not uncommon for young male bears to be seen wandering through the region at this time of year as their mothers drive them away in preparation for mating season.


1bobhogue(102 comments)posted 6 years ago


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2Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years ago

How sad.

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3Lifesnadir(164 comments)posted 6 years ago

Poor guy, such a short life.

Hey people, bring in your bird feeders if you live near wooded land.

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4timOthy(802 comments)posted 6 years ago

Poor Yogi ! At least it was on his own terms. Safety first bears.

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5kensgirl(1061 comments)posted 6 years ago

Poor fella. Bless the beasts and the children.

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6VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 6 years ago

Apparently, he was too young for First Energy's Lineman's training school.

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7justonevoice(94 comments)posted 6 years ago

Awww, that's a shame. Poor guy but at least he didn't die in a cage.

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8imthatgirl(5 comments)posted 6 years ago

I feel bad! :/

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9AtownParent(565 comments)posted 6 years ago

Poor little guy...

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10walter_sobchak(2716 comments)posted 6 years ago

Maybe someone was trying to train the bear to climbing poles and steal copper like the guy that was zapped in New Castle earlier this week whom, it now appears, was not smarter than your average bear!

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11nickster(1 comment)posted 6 years ago

The department of wildlife should have left the bear alone in Boardman! He would of still been alive today! Its bull! :(

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12Siouxi(122 comments)posted 6 years ago

It's just a shame.
On a lighter note, he was only looking for the bear necessities...

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13Valleys_Voice(149 comments)posted 6 years ago

The division of wildlife should have relocated the bear to a better spot. Not a job well done.

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141970mach1(1005 comments)posted 6 years ago

"The division of wildlife should have relocated the bear to a better spot. Not a job well done."

Agree. Really sucks that bear died.

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15najjjj(106 comments)posted 6 years ago

I agree this little bear was handled improperly by the division of wildlife. When will we learn that we encroach on their territory? It should be no surprise when we see them. They should be respected, admired from a distance and left alone, not relocated to unfamiliar territory. Eventually the young bear would have wander off on his own, back into more forested areas. Please, don't put bird feeders up. Birds can fend for themselves. The feeders only make birds dependent on us for food....and attract other species even closer in to our houses. :(

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16woolyd(579 comments)posted 6 years ago

Too bad he diddnt get a chance to meat USA1. RIP Bear!

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17redvert(2240 comments)posted 6 years ago

nickster, are you a bear whisperer? How do you know that if the bear was left alone in Boardman it would of never climbed a utility pole?

We may have a incredible person amongst us or just a dumb theory!

Yea, dumb theory!

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18MFC997(261 comments)posted 6 years ago

he wuz a lineman for the counteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ... bye baby bear ... :(

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19CandyfromCanfield(172 comments)posted 6 years ago

woolyd: With all due respect, baby bear wouldn't go anywhere near that old, stringy, noxious gasbag! (RIP lil guy...)

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20cambridge(4136 comments)posted 6 years ago

I live in a large metropolitan are with 7.5 million people. Believe it or no we have a problem with mountain lions. The cops just shoot them. They don't even hesitate.

They eat peoples pets and attack and sometimes kill humans.

The reason they wander into the city is because their young and there is no territory available and their not old enough to take territory from another mountain lion.


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21peacelover(839 comments)posted 6 years ago

It wasn't too long ago we were reading stories about people having problems with coyotes in Cleveland. They were going after small dogs out in their backyards. I suppose when we humans keep encroaching into their habitats what else can we expect?

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22najjjj(106 comments)posted 6 years ago

Cambridge, I believe I live in the same area as you. The problem is we have encroached on their territory.......not vice versa. We do not listen to the wildlife experts who tell us not to leave our pets, pet food, or water outdoors. They come down into our neighborhoods because we make food readily and easily available to them. So instead of going further up into the mountains, the go for the easy pickings. The solution is not to just kill them. We need to work together to keep enough open space and practice the common sense approaches wildlife experts tell us to, instead of just shooting.

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23cambridge(4136 comments)posted 6 years ago

najjjj....I hate when they have to shoot the cats. I'm sure the people that shoot them hate doing it.

If you live in the Bay Area and you know that area between San Mateo and the coast, all those mountains all the way down to Monterey and the hills around San Jose and the East Bay hills is where they live.

I crossed paths with a black bear in the middle of the night at a camp ground at about 5000 feet above the Yosemite Valley. Scared the hell out of me.

It's too bad that they end up shooting them but every case I have ever heard of in the Bay Area that's what happens.

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24VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 6 years ago

My daughter's dog was recently bit by a coyote in her own yard! We are not encroaching on the coyotes, they are encroaching on us. When we were young, living in the same house, we never, ever saw any coyotes, except the Wiley one on Saturday morning cartoons. The coyotes are here because of the over-population of deer and Canada geese.

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25kensgirl(1061 comments)posted 6 years ago

A beautiful bear is no longer alive and all people can do is argue about it like 2 year olds. Maybe we should stop fighting and work together to find a solution. I am neither a right winger nor a liberal. I just love animals. (And by the way, USA1 should take an anger management course. Either that or listen to his Dr. and go back on his meds).

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26Valleys_Voice(149 comments)posted 6 years ago

How does an article about bears make it to the most popular list? Oh ya, people care less about more serious problems.

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27peacelover(839 comments)posted 6 years ago

USA ought to try a vegetarian diet. I bet he'd feel a lot better.

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28woolyd(579 comments)posted 6 years ago

USA be a real man leave the gun at home and fight a bear hand to hand.
USA you also forgot any black person or Youngstown person as well you would want to see dead.
Lastly there is nothing wrong with having a like of animals but maybe you are one of those idiots who starve your animals and then leave them out in the woods.

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29walter_sobchak(2716 comments)posted 6 years ago

Maybe the widlife officials should have brought the bear back to the hills in Pa. where it could have been shot by a hunter next bear season. Unbelieveable! You can't have such a creature living in a highly populated area. What if it wandered out into 224 and causes a car crash that kills someone. Whats to say it wouldn't have climbed a wooden pole in Boardman and fell to its death. Much ado about nothing! But, please, keep braking for squirrels!

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30redvert(2240 comments)posted 6 years ago

Anyone out there know any good bear meat recipes. I know that elk is real lean but I would imagine that bear would be kinda fatty. Probably have to slow cook it over a open fire to get the fat out of it.

By the way walter, I almost nailed Alvin the chipmunk with my Nova this morning but the little bugger was too quick for me.

woolyd, It is USA's choice whether or not he has a gun, same choice goes for the bear!

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31woolyd(579 comments)posted 6 years ago

Redvert its the choice of the animal then if it wants to attack you nutballs

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32woolyd(579 comments)posted 6 years ago

VINDYAK that is due to urbanization and the building on lands that were once wildlife areas. Its simple the more we build the less land they have therefore the closer the animals will be to civilization. Instead of building new places use some of the good buildings around the community.

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33peacelover(839 comments)posted 6 years ago

Interesting article, Cambridge. What a hero that pet Lab was!

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34Valleys_Voice(149 comments)posted 6 years ago

how bear you sit there and overbear the animal activists with an offtopic subject that bearly relates to this discussion...

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35Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years ago

We should have trained this bear to sniff out crack cocaine and turned him loose on the Southside .

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36Jake(112 comments)posted 6 years ago

Black bears on herbivores, not carnivores. No one's child was ever going to be on the menu.

Good grief, people.

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37redvert(2240 comments)posted 6 years ago

woolyd wrote "Redvert its the choice of the animal then if it wants to attack you nutballs"

No problem with that dingleberry, if he wants to bring claws to a gun fight that is his decision! I don't go looking to mess with bears or stupid people but if the need arises you do what you need to do. Nothing personal, always did like Yogi!!!

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38kensgirl(1061 comments)posted 6 years ago

USA1 - I'll give you something to kiss.

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39gypsygirl720(186 comments)posted 6 years ago

Perhaps, we should all breathe deep and consider this: CHOICES.

Thank you.

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40ohdrama0901(53 comments)posted 6 years ago

This is what happens when developers cut down trees and start building on what used to be on their land. They wander into neighborhoods because they have nowhere else to go. Sad thing is that all of these commercial properties were built and the majority of them are just sitting empty with retail signs in the window and businesses have collapsed because of a failing economy.

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41peacelover(839 comments)posted 6 years ago

You are so correct, ohdrama. How many more strip malls do we need? While so many other buildings sit abandoned for years. It doesn't make sense.

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42woolyd(579 comments)posted 6 years ago

USA your are the racist remember Pro you are the ones who said slavery should still be legal. Also you talk about abortions I totally disagree with them. Guns in my opinion shouldnt be banned we all have the right to have them so shove the liberal bs you spew.Lastly you always make negative comments Pro when a person is murdered in the city of Youngstown without knowing any of the facts.

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43redvert(2240 comments)posted 6 years ago

woolyd, if you think USA1 is a liberal you better go back and look up the definition.

I also don't think USA1 is a racist but I do think he is a realist.

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44Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years ago


Southeastern Outdoors - Cherokee Fatal Black Bear AttackApr 17, 2010 ... Fatal Black Bear Attack in the. Cherokee National Forest ... Susan, a nurse from Clyde, Ohio and her children, Luke Elora were in the area ...




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45woolyd(579 comments)posted 6 years ago

Redvert i never called him liberal and hes far from reality. Pro she is not the only person murdered in the streets of Youngstown you only remember her because she is white. Houser will get his just punishment if the prosecutors dont mess up the case. So i havent lied, am not stupid, maybe a little crazy.

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46woolyd(579 comments)posted 6 years ago

Not many but i dont hear you barking about the murders needing to be solved. Could the reason be because you dont give a damn?

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47kensgirl(1061 comments)posted 6 years ago

Dear USA1-I really don't care what you call me. Sticks and stones. Just so you know, I am against abortion, for the government, married a police officer and had a father who fought in WWII. My grandparents were immigrants and I pay taxes just like you. If my love for animals makes me an ass as you say oh well. I guess I'll just have to live with it. Sniff sniff.

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48cambridge(4136 comments)posted 6 years ago

The link below is a about an attack by a one year old black bear in California. The attack happened a couple of days ago.

It's sad when they get caught up in a situation with humans and end up dead. The reality is that contact between humans and bears is dangerous and possibly fatal for both.


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49VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 6 years ago

Woolyd - bears, coyotes, deer and Canada geese are not here because of overtaking of the wilds by people, but rather by people providing them with an abundant supply of food and browsing material. We have built ponds and mow grasses and provide the geese with a habitat area, farms, orchards, gardens and highway greenbelts provide food for deer. Bear are being attracted to fruit trees, bird feeders, gardens and garbage, and the coyote prey on the deer, geese and domestic animals for their meat.

Man has not encroached on wild animals. Man has provided wild animals with more to eat, thus we now have more wild animals. In a true wildlife setting, you would not see such a dense and growing population of wild animals as we are seeing today. We are not taking over their habitat, they are overtaking ours.

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50woolyd(579 comments)posted 6 years ago

"WE HAVE BUILT" that is my poiny Vindyak

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51Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years ago


We need a trained Grizzly that sniffs out Crack Cocaine to be turned loose in town !

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52Bigben(1996 comments)posted 6 years ago

Humans trump bears. However to suggest that there hasn't been needless encroaching in wild areas is simply not true.The comments about needless strip plazas being built while developed idle land remains vacant is accurate.Wasteful 5-10 acre lots that have been all the rage from the late 1990s until 4 years ago have caused a lot of misplaced and dead wild life.Land is finite.The amount of land that has been consumed in recent years is simply not
not conducive to maintaining wildlife populations that are healthy and safe for both humans and animals.

Before you attack me realize that I am a hunter and have subsidized wildlife areas with my license and ammo purchases. As for braking for squirrels I will continue to do that. I get no joy out of seeing an animal flopping around on the road.

As for animals being drawn to humans that is partly true on occasion.However,we are importing so many non native trees and plants that are purely ornamental in nature and theses species spread into wild areas where animals can not use them for food.In effect the corporations that ship these garbage trees are sterilizing the environment.How many white oaks do you see planted or hickories today?Look at the square in Canfield where our native oaks are being replaced with sterile non native trees.Unless that changes you won't see anymore squirrels in the square soon or along 224 or in many others places where they are native.
There is a more intelligent way to build and better native fauna to be planted.

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53Bigben(1996 comments)posted 6 years ago

danikytn that is funny about the minor across state lines but remember they didn't take him he left on his own.Young bears and yearling deer both wander in the months of May and June looking for their own territory -males wander further than females.It would have been nice to have him transported deep into the woods somewhere but he left PA and they have a bear hunting season there unlike Ohio.If building continues into the woods at mid 2000s levels we can expect more of the same.Big critters simply need much larger wooded areas to survive.I agree it is sad.

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54Bigben(1996 comments)posted 6 years ago

USA1I have tried a lot of game but can't say I had bear.I know the Fifth Season out on Mahoning Avenue used to have a wild game night on Thursday.I had a wild boar stew that was tasty but I don't know whether they still do Thursdays.

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55Bigben(1996 comments)posted 6 years ago

My aunt who lives in Boardman was having raccoons trapped and moved but caught a bobcat.The authorities were notified and he was relocated . I haven't got the details where he was moved to but like bears they are protected in Ohio .Off topic sort of but I thought some may find it of interest.It seems we are becoming quite the wildlife area around here .

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