Traveling home from work on Starr Road, Mary George of Ridgely says she spotted the Eastern Shore’s black bear, and the bear was not alone. George spotted the bear with a cub at the far end of a pond. As with any wild animal with young, the DNR suggests taking extra precautions not to attract the bear and not to disturb the mother or the cub. If you encounter a bear that is not aware of your presence, back away and leave the area. If you spot a bear cub, remain alert since the cub’s mother is sure to be near. Black bear attacks are extremely rare. In Maryland, there are no known cases of a human being attacked by a black bear.