(July, 2010) Summer is the time to relax and enjoy what
Carroll Valley offers - peace and quiet within the beautiful countryside.
Living in the country brings us closer to our local animal friends. Because of
these "close encounters" with our local bear population, I wish to share with
you the information I have received from Adams County WCO Dave Grove and Chief
Richard Hileman of our Carroll Valley Police Department. They tell me that the
black bear population emanating from around the Michaux State Forest region is
undoubtedly growing and expanding.
When a bear sighting occurs outside of that area, it
will usually be a 1.5 year old male cut loose by its mother, and venturing out
to find a new territory. When this occurs, it will normally and eventually find
its way back to the mountains. In the meantime, it may hang around a specific
area for a couple/few days, especially, if there's an easy food source. An
important thing to keep in mind is that bears, although capable of being very
dangerous, are very rarely aggressive towards humans, especially if left alone
or with an escape route.
As such, it is unlawful for anyone to kill or attempt
to kill a bear unless it can be clearly articulated that it is indeed a case of
self defense. Simply being afraid of a bear that won't immediately leave an
area does not constitute justification.
Advice for people who have a bear hanging around, aside
from the common sense act of not trying to get too close to one, centers around
food sources. Keep garbage secured properly, take down bird feeders, don't
leave domestic animal food in a bowl outside, and essentially take away or
secure any other food items for a bear, which includes just about anything
edible to man or beast (bears are opportunistic omnivores, and will eat just
about anything). If you have any questions about bears or any other
wildlife/hunting matter, please don't ever hesitate to contact WCO Grove or
Be sure to mark Tuesday August 3rd on your calendar to
attend the Borough of Carroll Valley Police Department's National Night Out (NNO).
NNO will be held from 5 to 8 pm at Carroll Commons on Fairfield Road. NNO is
celebrated each year across the United States to increase awareness for safety
within the community, and to educate residents on how to protect their families
and familiarize them with available services. All events are FREE.
New this year will be two seminars; "DUI Highway Safety
Education" and "Sexual Abuse Awareness" conducted by Adams County Adult
Probation and Parole Department. Child Identification kits will be available
which will include child fingerprinting and videotaping. Residents may also
bring their home fire extinguishers to be checked. If available, a landing will
be made by STAT/MedEVAC. MEDIC 28 from Gettysburg Hospital. A "Seat Belt
Convincer" machine will be available from the Maryland State Police Barrack G
in Westminster. "Motorcycle Awareness and Education" will be on hand from
Battlefield Harley Owners Group (HOG).
Also new this year will be the Mobile Spay and Neuter
4-Life Mobile Hospital sponsored by the Adams County SPCA. Other participants
include Fairfield Regional Emergency Management Area; Carroll Valley,
Hamiltonban and Liberty Township Police Departments; Adams County 911 Center;
Fairfield FIRE & EMS; Fountaindale Fire Dept; American Red Cross; Adams County
Handgunners Association; Adams County Constables Association; Alleghaney Power;
Healthy Adams County; information on Lyme Disease; Excaliber Towing; Carroll
Valley Citizens' Association; Adams County Locksmith; Collaborating for Youth;
Tobacco Prevention Task Force; Survivors, Inc; Domestic Violence Task Force;
Adams County Coalition to Prevent Teen Pregnancy; Adams County Teen Connection
Mentoring Program; It Takes A Village, Inc; and Adams County Sheriff James
Muller and his K-9 "Pokeet".
Many costumed characters including Smokey the Bear will
be greeting everyone. Children's games will be conducted by the Girl Scouts in
the Heart of PA. Hot dogs, chips and a drink for children 12 years and younger
will be FREE. Other food vendors include Antietam Dairy, Feed Bag Catering, Cub
Scout Pack #76, and Boy Scout Troop #76. Come on out and enjoy an evening of
information, food and fun.
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