"This bear’s not looking for trouble, just looking for food," said Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Shawn Musser.
"This bear's not looking for trouble, just looking for food," said Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Shawn Musser. (Photo courtesy of Dana Shirey )
Dana Shirey named the cub Boo Boo, just like Yogi Bear's affable sidekick, because he was small, cute and liked to eat food that wasn't meant for him.

Boo Boo climbed up on Shirey's porch in Lower Windsor Township Saturday afternoon and reached for her birdfeeder.

State and local authorities chased the same black bear cub through parts of York County on Saturday. They caught up to it several times but were unable to capture it.

"We've been fielding a ton of calls about it," Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Shawn Musser said Sunday. "We caught up to it numerous times, but it just keeps evading us."

Shirey, 61, a professional photographer, who runs River Studios out of her home, was seated at her computer when she saw movement out of the corner of her eye.

The door to her porch was about 10 feet away. Grabbing her Nikon, she ran to the door.

"There is this bear standing three feet from my door," she said. "He was quiet as a mouse out there, stepping over flower pots."

He looked to be about 4 ½-feet tall and rather human as he stood up and grasped a railing.

She opened up her door about an inch and "I just hollered, 'Hey, what are you doing on my porch? Get out of here,'" she said.

He tip-toed around the flower pots, but, then almost as soon as he was gone, he turned and came back up on the porch.

"That's when I really let him have it," she said.

Still, with her raised voice, Boo Boo "didn't seem to have any fear, no panic," she said. "He didn't leave real willingly; I think he would've hung around if I didn't insist that he go."

After he left again, she thought that maybe she should have let him stay there, then called the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

"He'd have been happy eating bird seed until the game warden got here," she said.

Shirey said she's lived in her home for about 40 years and has seen lots of animals, from fox to deer, but never a bear.

"To have a black bear on the porch, you can't beat that," she said.

As of Monday afternoon, authorities still had not caught up with the bear, Musser said. He repeated what he said the day before - if anyone sees the bear, they are not chase, touch or feed it.

"Let it alone; it'll be fine," he said.

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