Black bear making the rounds in South Haven and Hartford areas

Posted at 8:29 AM, May 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-27 08:29:52-04

HARTFORD, Mich. — A black bear caught on video visiting a bird feeder at a home east of Hartford is believed to be the same bear sighted  in the South Haven area earlier in May. So says the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Hartford resident Karen Ray sent out pictures and a video of the bear showing interest in the bird feeder on May 22. Ray said the bear took the feeder apart before leaving.

The DNR considers the bear visit an “unofficial sighting” of what is likely to be the same young male reported in the South Haven area. The department doesn’t plan to visit Ray to authenticate the sighting.

On its web site, the DNR makes several recommendations if you meet up with a bear:

  • Never feed a bear or place food to attract bears.
  • If you encounter a bear and it does not turn or leave, yell at it while leaving it a clear escape route.
  • If the bear stands its ground, take slow steps back while speaking to it in a stern tone.
  • If a bear attacks, fight back with a stick or even your bare hands. Bears have been known to retreat in these cases.