VIDEO: Tranquilize Mama Bear and move her to the wilderness.
A Maryland Department of Natural Resources biologist says that a 327-pound black bear and her three cubs spent the winter from December to March hibernating under the back deck of a summer home at Deep Creek Lake in western Maryland. She gave birth there to one male and two females.
The bears were moved to the Savage River State Forest — a state forest in Garrett County in Maryland. At over 54,000 acres (220 km2), it is the largest state forest in the state. Savage River State Forest features 12,000 acres designated as “wildlands” and 10 miles of cross country ski trails.
Black bears rarely attack humans, and usually limit themselves to making mock charges, while emitting blowing noises and swatting the ground with their forepaws. However, there are 23 known fatal attacks of humans by black bears reported from 1900 to 1980.