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Game Wardens Stuck Trying To Catch Honey-loving Bear After 2-Month Search

July 15, 1993

FOYIL, Okla. (AP) _ Game wardens chasing a black bear for two months wish life would imitate art for a change. Like Winnie the Pooh, this one loves honey. Unlike Winnie, it never gets caught in sticky situations.

Officials report about a dozen sightings of the 200-pound bear, which stands about 4 feet on all fours. The bear is suspected of killing chickens, rummaging through trash and looting beehives.

″I’ve been on this bear’s trail since May 20 and can’t seem to catch it,″ said David Decker, a game warden for the state Department of Wildlife. ″It would make things a lot easier if it did take after Pooh,″ he said, referring to the bumbling bear created by author A.A. Milne.

″At first it was kind of funny, but now it’s getting frustrating,″ said Connie Braggs, whose four beehives were raided three nights running. ″The bees won’t live without the honey. And the bear won’t stop eating it.″

Black bears generally aren’t aggressive. Mrs. Braggs would rather not test this assumption.

″I’m always out in my garden or out picking wild blackberries,″ she said, ″and I don’t want to test the disposition of a hungry bear.′

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