Black bear spotted wandering through Villanova

Kristen Johanson
November 29, 2019 - 4:47 pm
Black bear spotted

Radnor Township Police Department

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A black bear has been spotted in wildcat territory.

A bear was caught on video taking an early-morning stroll around a Villanova residence just before 7 a.m. Friday.

Officials say Radnor residents should keep their eyes peeled for it, but there’s no need to worry. 

“The bear is seen walking up the driveway, up toward what I believe is the garage, it turns around, goes back down the driveway, and goes off into another direction,” said Radnor Township Police Lt. Joe Pinto.

He received a call around 10:30 a.m. that the animal was spotted along Harrison Avenue near Conestoga Road — and could barely believe what he heard.

“It's pretty uncommon,” he said. This is only the second time in two decades such wildlife has made its way through Radnor, he added.

Pinto called the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and they say the bear is probably just passing through, so they'll let him be for right now. But if they get more calls, that may change.

“If it becomes a situation where we get multiple sightings or the bear gets trapped or decides to take up residency in one of these neighborhoods, then they would need to go ahead and trap this bear and move him onto greener pastures,” Pinto said.