BUTLER COUNTY (KDKA) – A Butler County man has twice captured amazing video of a bear on his property.
A black bear feels a little too comfortable in Russ Stutzman’s garden on Cherry Valley Road in Clinton Township.
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“I’ve seen them around the area, but I’ve never had one come through the property like that,” said Stutzman.
Stutzman loves to record videos of birds in his back yard, but his cameras have caught the same bear twice.
Both times the bear was there between 3 and 4 in the morning, doing everything possible to eat bird food.
“You can see the tooth marks where he bit in the bird feeder,” said Stutzman.
This week the bear tore down all of its birdhouses and had a festival.
“I had just filled the feeder the night before. He got a few pounds of sunflower seeds, ”he said.
A month ago the same bear stole some food and was lazing around.
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Stutzman stopped turning off the bird feeder for a few weeks after the bear’s first visit, and only recently began refilling them.
“My first thought was that he was trying to find his new territory and was just passing through, but now, on this visit, he might be hanging out a bit,” said Stutzman.
Black bears aren’t picky eaters. The Pennsylvania Game Commissions website states, “Black bears eat human food, garbage, birdseed, pet food, fruit from trees or gardens, and forage.”
It also explains how bears keep coming back when there is easily accessible food. The best way to get rid of bears is to remove or secure food sources.
These aren’t quick stops to get a nightly snack. The bear stays for almost an hour.
“A little nerve-wracking, but I’ve informed all the neighbors with their children and their pets,” said Stutzman.
He will leave the birdhouses for a while and hopefully there will be no more unwanted visitors.
“I’m glad I had the cameras. I never expected this to happen here in the old backyard, ”said Stutzman.
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The gaming committee says if you see a bear on your property you can either make loud noises remotely or you can leave the bear alone and clean up the mess later.