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Apple-snacking bear gets grouchy

Friday, November 7, 2014by  Jon Osterberg

Bear gorging on applesA bear and her cubs woke a Roslyn resident last week in the wee hours of the morning as they gorged on apples in the man’s backyard, inciting his dog to bark.

Bears often make headlines in the spring as they come out of hibernation and scavenge for food. But wildlife officials say they’re a common nuisance in the fall, too, prowling orchards for fallen apples and fruit to bulk up for their long winter nap.

The Roslyn resident said he went outside at 1:30 a.m. to see what the ruckus was about, and right in front of him was a brown bear. The man told the Northern Kittitas County Tribune the bear aggressively reared up on its hind legs and growled. He grabbed his dog and ran inside.

The bear then herded two cubs up a fir tree in his yard and wouldn’t leave. Eventually they climbed down and were gone the next morning.

Wildlife officials urge rural residents to rid their yards of the things that attract bears, such as ripe fruit, garbage, pet food, dirty barbecues, and bird feeders.

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