Black bears are on the comeback in Massachusetts. Down to about 100 in the early 1970s thanks to wide-open hunting regulations, New England’s only bear species now numbers more than 4,000 — which is fun until one of them shows up in your backyard.
Generally unwilling to engage with us humans, the powerful creatures are still a bad match for the ever-sprawling suburbs.
If only we could find them a permanent home devoid of two-legged adversaries. Hitch, ever the nature-lover, has an idea.