Just thought I would put this out there as a kind of public notice. There is an unusually aggressive bear roaming the area of GMU16A in the vicinity of Oil Well Rd, Cottonwood Creek, etc.
A bear ripped a sheet of T-11 Siding off our cabin in Trapper Creek, broke into the cabin, ate all of the sugary foods in the pantry, and ripped open everything else and spread it around. Part of the destruction included ripping out two studs from the wall, and destroying a home made (mostly 2x4's) bunk bed and pulling it out, through the whole in the wall, one piece at a time. (The bunk bed was blocking his entry.) Other damage included pushing the cast iron barrel stove around. While the mess was a lot to clean up, we count ourselves fortunate that there was no bear scat in the cabin.
My father-in-law is of the opinion that this was a brown bear because the whole in the wall is from 5-10 ft above ground level, indicting a rather tall bear. Claw marks in some of the debris indicate that individual claws were about 2" apart. However, we found no scat and no hair, so there is no way to know for sure.
The area has long had an over population of black bears, and it is not uncommon for them to raid burn barrels, bbq grills, and improperly stored garbage. This past summer, we have found black bear scat very near the cabin (within 100 yards), and have found tipped over grills, but this is the first such incident for us or anyone we know in the area. We've never known bears to come this close to the building, so this is a rare bear.
Just thought I would put this out there for others living in the area or owning recreational cabins up there.