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Remmy posted a blog this morning about a story at Moosedroppings blog that the bear that killed the 6 year old girl and mauled the mom and 2 year old boy, may be a nuisance bear that was released into this part of the forest.
http://mainehuntingtoday.com/bbb/?p=522

Does this make sense?
 

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Well it didn't make much sense to me when I read the news report. What further concerned me was the statement by the wildlife folks that they may never be able to identify the bear that did the mauling. There was hair and I'm sure other bear dna collected at the site of the attack so they should be able to compare that to the bear they killed and the bear they currently have in captivity. The family of the woman killed by 2 bears a few years back has filed a lawsuite because of the poor bear management. Since then the problem bears near the first attack site have been moved to more isolated areas including the area of this latest attack. The practice of moving problem bears may not be very effective because studies show high mortality rates in those bears after being moved. They also have an uncanny ability to return to their home range after being moved. Florida U is currently working with Florida wildlife to study this practice. Bear populations in Tn are stable and most of these bears are being taken from Smokey Mountain National Park (No Hunting) or that area and moved so it makes no sense not to just destroy these problem bears.
 
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