A black bear encounter turned deadly for a cat in Wilkes-Barre Township on Monday morning.
The incident occurred at a residence on Old Ashley Road. Bill Williams, information and education supervisor for the Game Commission’s Northeast Region, said the resident routinely fed an outdoor cat on the porch of the house. In addition to cat food, Williams said there was also a tub of sunflower seeds on the porch, and the food sources attracted the bear when it encountered the cat.
“The cat was not what the bear was after,” Williams said.
Even though the cat was killed by the bear, Williams said there is no immediate plan to place a trap in the area and remove the bruin since it was being attracted by the food sources. If the bear continues to return and creates a problem, it will be up to the district game warden on whether or not to remove the animal.
In the meantime, Williams said the resident was advised to remove the cat food and sunflower seeds on the porch.
It is unlawful to intentionally lay or place food, fruit, hay, grain, chemical, salt or other minerals that may cause bears to congregate or habituate an area. In addition, if nuisance bears are being attracted to an area by other wildlife feeding, game wardens can issue written notice to temporarily halt the activity.
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