typical range for a male bear is about 8 -15 miles.
Actually, I think some of the big flakes at the base of the cliffs would make a pretty nice den... if it weren't for all the damn people crawling all over them.
Seriously, though, bears are not endangered. Actually, in the Berkshires, they've become a nuisance. My family has a cabin in the eastern foothills of the Berkshires, and they actually drop off problem bears from the city around us. If my neighbor is to be believed, some of the big males have started to form roving bands that come around, rip up people's birdfeeders, gardens, sheds...
Western Mass - the Australian Penal Colony of the Mass bear population.
Loc: Where the wind blows strange
You are correct.
We have just moved here from Windsor MA (middle of nowhere pop. 800). When we bought the house the old owners showed us 3 birdfeeders in the woodline that the bears had taken. They were completley intact just lacking the seed. One of which he said had been poached three times. I have seen huge bears using a path on my property as a road and they were never in a hurry.
The general store has about a dozen photos on the deli case of bears that locals bring in from their houses.
One morning the old owner pulled open one of the sliding doors to shoo her black lab away from the grease trap on their grill only to realize that it was a bear.