Gene Chague is a longtime sportsman and editor of The Eagle's Berkshire Woods and Waters outdoors column.

man with bear pelt

Lee's Travis Bailey poses with the pelt of a 600-pound bear he hunted and harvested recently in the Berkshires.

According to MassWildlife, chicken coops are becoming the number one source of human-bear conflicts in Massachusetts. They and the Environmental Police receive calls daily about bears breaking into chicken coops. Almost every bear in Massachusetts has learned this behavior. As backyard chicken farming has increased in popularity across the Bay State, conflict with black bears has also greatly increased.



Gene Chague can be reached at or 413-637-1818.