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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2010
— After her mother died of cancer "too young" and her father was diagnosed with the disease, Leslie Nightingale sat down and wrote her bucket list. Take a cruise, ride in a hot-air balloon, go skydiving, finish her master's degree, shoot a bear. "You just never know what's going to happen and when it's going to happen," said Nightingale, 39, explaining the list. "Life's too short to hesitate. " On Monday she checked off the first of the items, shooting a 234-pound black bear during the opening minutes of Maryland's season.
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Sports Digest | August 24, 2014
Gymnastics After a strong performance over the weekend at the P&G Gymnastics Championships in Pittsburgh, Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore was one of six gymnasts named to the U.S. senior men's national team that will compete at the World Gymnastics Championships in October in Nanning, China. The 20-year-old Whittenburg, who trains at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., impressed in Pittsburgh. The Edgewood alumnus won the vault with a score of 30.950, finished second in the still rings (31.200)
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By ROGER SIMON | March 28, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Just when you thought your lawmakers really did not care about the quality of life in this country, they have proved you wrong:It may soon be legal for American citizens to bring polar bear heads into the United States.For more than two decades, this has been illegal under something called the Marine Mammal Protection Act.Some in Congress had assumed the purpose of the Marine Mammal Protection Act was to protect marine mammals.But it turned out they were being naive.That's because the hunting lobby last week rammed through Congress a change in the law to allow wealthy Americans to travel to Canada -- the only country where the trophy hunting of polar bears is legal -- and bring back the heads and hides.
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Sports Digest | October 26, 2013
College field hockey No. 1 Terps clinch regular-season title Top-ranked Maryland clinched the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title Friday night with a 4-1 win over No. 5 Virginia in College Park. Sophomore Maxine Fluharty led the offense with two goals, while the Terps defense held the league's top scorer, Elly Buckley , scoreless. Maryland (16-1, 5-0) led 3-0 at halftime behind an early goal from senior Jill Witmer and Fluharty's two scores.
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March 8, 2003
A House committee killed a bill yesterday to prohibit bear hunting in Maryland for at least six more years. Hunting for black bears has not been allowed in Maryland since 1953, but the Department of Natural Resources reports there are now about 400 bears in Maryland - about double the number since 1995. Proponents of the moratorium said the number of bears is still too small, especially considering how slowly bears reproduce. But the department opposed the bill, saying it wants to keep their options for controlling the population over the next few years.
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | February 16, 2002
A House of Delegates committee scrapped a proposal for a bear hunting season in Western Maryland yesterday and replaced it with a far less ambitious bill that would permit property owners to kill nuisance bears. In a 13-8 vote, the House Environmental Matters Committee voted to send the scaled-down bear management bill to the full House, all but ensuring that Maryland's 48-year-old ban on bear hunting will continue. The same committee also weakened a proposal to expand the state's deer season by allowing hunting on three Sundays.
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | January 20, 2000
The burgeoning black bear population in Western Maryland is creating so many problems for rural residents and farmers in the region that state officials are considering opening a limited hunting season on bears. The proposal is supported by hunting groups, farmers, beekeepers and homeowners in Western Maryland, but environmentalists say there are better ways to address problems with nuisance bears than killing them. Although West Virginia and Pennsylvania have bear seasons, it has been illegal to hunt bears in Maryland since 1953, according to state wildlife officials.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | July 19, 2000
Bear hunting, illegal in Maryland since 1953, will remain so at least for another two seasons. Sarah Taylor-Rogers, secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, announced yesterday that she has rejected a request from the state's hunters to open a limited season. The black bear population has been growing in Western Maryland, and with it the number of complaints from rural residents and farmers. The Maryland Sportsmen's Association this spring asked for a two-day hunt, with participants chosen by lottery, to reduce the population.
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | January 21, 2002
McHENRY - Barbara Reed is just thankful she wasn't home when a black bear pried open a window and plunged into her kitchen in May. The bear plopped down on Reed's kitchen sink - smashing porcelain figurines on the window sill and snapping her spigot - before ransacking the kitchen. "Something needs to be done. They are burglars," said Reed, 49, a real estate agent who sells homes around Deep Creek Lake. "If the state can't control them, keep them out of people's homes, there needs to be a bear hunt."
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By John J. Goldman and John J. Goldman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 16, 2003
HARDYSTON, N.J. -- The four black bears who visited the Oppenheimer family's bat mitzvah celebration were not unwelcome. They took turns emerging from the oak and maple woods behind Victoria's Mountain Inn. While guests finished dessert and danced inside, the animals ate leftovers from garbage bins behind the white Colonial-style restaurant. For the guests watching from a back window of the dining room, the appearance of the bears was an exciting bonus, said Gary Oppenheimer, a computer consultant -- especially since he and his wife, Marilyn, gave stuffed bears as party favors at the celebration for their daughter, Leah.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2013
With the 10th year of the modern Maryland bear hunt approaching, state bear biologist Harry Spiker, who has managed the hunt since its return after a 51-year absence, reflected in an interview with The Baltimore Sun on what happened when the hunt returned, whether he feels it has accomplisted its goals, and where the hunt - and the bears - will be going in the future. BS: With the 10th year of the bear hunt coming up this week (Oct. 21-26), what do you remember of the hunt back in 2004?
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | November 3, 2012
With an increase in the number of permits given out and a record number of bears killed during last month's five-day Maryland black bear hunt came another high mark - arrests made for illegal baiting and other violations. According to the Natural Resources Police, 22 hunters were arrested. While it represented more than five times the number of hunters arrested last year (four) and double the number from 2010, it is only 2.5 percent of the number of hunters who were either issued permits or had sub-permits.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2012
Nearly seven decades separate the youngest and oldest hunters who killed black bears in this year's state-controlled hunt, which ended Friday night. A record 92 bears were killed in Allegany and Garrett counties during the five-day hunt, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. A quota of 80 to 110 bears had been set, an increase from last year's quota of 55 to 80, which corresponds with the growth of the bear population in Maryland. Sixty-eight bears were killed a year ago. Aurora Wilhelm, who won't turn 8 until next month, became the youngest hunter to take down a bear since the hunt was revived in 2004.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2012
Kaitlin Zembower had gone deer hunting with her father Jerry countless times over the years near their Frostburg home, but the experience they shared during last year's annual Maryland black bear hunt was much different. Though Jerry Zembower had seen the same bear every day on his way to work in the week leading up to the hunt, he and his daughter didn't see any, let alone shoot one, during their hunt. But Kaitlin wouldn't trade those hours last October for any other time she had spent with her dad hunting.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2012
Call it wildlife tourism in reverse. As spring turns into summer, young black bears hit the road, and in recent years it seems a few turn up on the outskirts of Baltimore, ambling across manicured lawns, rummaging through trash cans and raiding bird feeders. A bear visited northern Baltimore County last week, stirring up the Jacksonville community when it was sighted near an elementary school and then in a resident's yard. There were bear sightings last weekend in Harford County, and two Aberdeen men on Wednesday were the latest to report having seen one in Susquehanna State Park.
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October 30, 2010
HAGERSTOWN — The state Department of Natural Resources says Maryland's bear hunt is closed. Sixty-seven bears were killed as of 9 p.m. on Friday and the hunt was closed. The season began on Monday. The hunt was limited to Allegany and Garrett counties.
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | April 28, 2000
Gov. Parris N. Glendening's administration has rejected a proposal to open a black bear hunting season in Western Maryland this year, and some think the issue is dead as long as he remains governor. "There is not going to be a bear hunting season this year," Timothy W. Lambert, president of the Maryland Sportsmen's Association, said yesterday. He and others met with state officials on the issue this week. Western Maryland's burgeoning bear population led to the call for a limited bear hunting season this fall.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | October 24, 2004
As Maryland gears up to allow its first bear hunt in 51 years tomorrow, not without controversy, hunting advocates and animal-rights activists are engaged in contests over hunting rights across the country. In New Jersey, for example, the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance filed a lawsuit this month to force the state to resume bear hunting. The state had allowed its first black bear hunt in three decades last fall, permitting hunters to shoot 328 animals despite protests from activists. Then state officials discovered they had greatly overestimated the bear population, prompting the activists to howl and the state to cancel this year's hunt.
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October 30, 2010
What do Jesus Christ, Edward Abbey, St. James, Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy have in common? The names of all five gentlemen were invoked during last week's debate on my blog over the morality, legality and spirituality of Maryland's black bear hunt. Bet you didn't see that one coming. But that's not all. Supporters and opponents each found Scripture to lob across the Internet at each other (but no Koran passages). Postings were a Scrabble game of written shrieks that included: moron, pathetic, twisted, useless, crazies, tree-hugger and killer.
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