OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — Ka-ching! That’s the sound of a bear biting into an ear of corn in a field in Garrett County.
Ka-ching, ka-ching, ka-ching! That’s the sound of a lot of bears biting into $23,800 worth of crops during 2015, mostly corn, but some oats and even beehives.
“Garrett County farmers are good at feeding bears, but with the price of sweet corn it’s not cheap,” said Jay Maust, whose farm and cornfields stretch out alongside Aiken Miller Road just a rifle shot from Accident in the heart of the state’s bear country.
A year ago, Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service officials assessed the damage by black bears to Maust’s sweet corn at $1,200 and reimbursed him $190.80.
None of the other 12 certified claimants did any better, each receiving 16 percent of cost of the damage at their farms. Here’s the breakdown: