“The garbage was in a locked can,” she said. “But he didn’t seem to have any trouble getting the lid off. You can see the marks where the claws went right through.” For at least 20 minutes, while Ferguson and her two grandchildren watched and snapped pictures from inside the house, the bear pulled plastic bags from the can, snacked on whatever he found appealing, then dragged the last bag into the woods.

The Sun runs two prominent articles today about wildlife in gradual urban/suburban recovery — species well up the food chain with slender population toe-holds in the Baltimore area. Black bears on the front page, peregrine falcons on page two.

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