|West Virginia's black bear have rarely killed people in the Mountain State, although there are some accounts of them killing children over 100 years ago.|
The black bear kill in WV indicates the population is even increasing, and it certainly is increasing in Calhoun, a county that is about 90% forested.
The increasing black bear population in Calhoun and the Mountain State does raise concerns, with several recent reports of the animal wandering into cities.
In Calhoun, the black bear thankfully become very nervous hanging around people, but they do come onto property to feed.
Most folks are wary of the dangers of Alaskan bear, whose temperaments are raw and dangerous. Despite TV dramas, actually few Alaskans have been killed by the animal, although numerous people have been attacked.
An Alaskan man was killed by a bear near Delta Junction, called to my attention by my Alaska dwelling son since the deceased man's name was Robert Weaver, reminding me that we cruised through that area in 2008.
Weaver's mauled body was found outside a sparsely furnished cabin, inside a friend of his managed to block the door and wait until help arrived.
State Troopers and other rescue personnel went to the scene by chopper, and killed a bear they encountered in the immediate area.
During a visit to Cordova, Alaska in the 1990s, a bear attacked a kid on a bike, the attacked warded off by the kid using chemical maze, often carried by Alaskans.
The comforting reaction to all this, thank God for the wariness of our West Virginia black bear.
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