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Bear photographed on tree farm near Grand Rapids

 Bear photographed on tree farm near Grand Rapids

Cascade Township, Mich.— A bear sighting in the Grand Rapids area and the death of another along a highway have led some to believe the large omnivorous mammals are moving further south in Michigan.

Marc VerHage used a trail camera to photograph a bear Nov. 11 after bee hives on his family’s Cascade Township tree farm were smashed, The Grand Rapids Press reported Saturday.

Scat piles near the hives led him to believe a bear was responsible, VerHage said.

“He sure likes honey,” VerHage said of the bear. “It’s like he’s got his own little candy store out there.

“At first we thought the bee boxes had been vandalized, but we’d also had some crop damage and there were piles of droppings big enough that you knew it wasn’t a dog.”

VerHage’s farm is 10 miles southeast of Grand Rapids.

On Oct. 22, a pickup truck driver struck and killed a black bear roaming along Interstate 96 in Grand Rapids. that bear had been spotted earlier in the day eating from a trash can.

“We know bears are starting to move south and taking over other habitats,” Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Division bear specialist Adam Bump said.

Bear photographed on tree farm near Grand Rapids

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