All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Saturday, October 07, 2006

The Truth About Bears

Ken Allen of Belgrade Lakes wonders if bears in Maine are as harmless as some suppose.
My late father, an honest man who spent his early childhood in Wytopitlock, always claimed that in the 1920s, bears attacked and killed two people in Aroostook County. He remembered the incidents well.

Apparently, no records of the Aroostook fatalities exist, but media reporters were scarce in that region during the early 20th century. Even in those years, there were two Maines, and life passed quietly in the upper one without much interest from folks in the bottom third of the state. Officially, though, our bears have not killed one human since 1900. [Link]

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