Villager beset by three bears

Crum said an electric fence installed by FWC failed to keep bears from digging through her garbage. Photo available for purchase

Crum said an electric fence installed by FWC failed to keep bears from digging through her garbage.

LOIS SWOBODA
Published: Monday, December 30, 2013 at 13:50 PM.

Kim Crum had unexpected guests on Christmas Eve.

The Lanark Village woman had planned to spend the evening with her mother but, around 8:30 p.m., she returned home to 1-1 Parker St. to retrieve a forgotten item. Crum said she heard something in the living room where the sliding glass doors were slightly open because they do not shut properly.

Sticking through the crack between the glass doors was a nose and the nose was attached to a large black bear. In fact, Crum said there were two adult bears on her front patio.

When Crum retreated to the back door hoping to make her escape, she found a bear cub picking through the remains of the shed she uses to store her garbage.

Crum said she had previous dealings with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) over the bears frequenting Lanark. FWC had advised her to use the plywood shed to store garbage, she said.

On Christmas Eve, she telephoned the Wildlife Alert hot line (888-404-3922) to ask that an officer be sent to help her. The dispatcher at the FWC office was no help, Crum said, and told her there was no FWC officer on call.

“Excuse me, you mean to tell me you don’t have nobody on call?” Crum said she asked the operator.



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