Game officials searching for wayward bear after more suburban sightings

Tim Jimenez
June 11, 2019 - 7:06 am
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UPDATED: 9:30 a.m.

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ORELAND, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Some people in Bucks and Montgomery counties reported seeing a bear wandering around their neighborhood on Monday. 

One of the last bear sightings reported came from Integrity Avenue in Oreland, a few minutes away from the Oreland Train Station. 

John Halligan lives on the block and says he couldn’t believe there was a bear there.

"We have a place in the Poconos, and we rarely see them, and they’re there. They’re all over the place. And this [bear> came down through the yards. One of my neighbors had a video of it," he said. 

Halligan says on the video it looked like the bear had no interest in stopping.

"He wasn’t even looking at anyone. I guess he’s lost looking for food. He kept right on moving. It’s not like he was just hanging on someone’s property."

This comes a few days after bear sightings were reported about 13 miles away in Warrington Township, Bucks County. Police say the bear was seen near the Neshaminy Creek, Garden Avenue, and Street Road.

Game Commission officials seem to think it's the same bear, and they are trying to track the animal down. If they capture the bear, they say they would tag it and bring it to a safe "suitable habitat" away from a neighborhood in the suburbs.

Pennsylvania Game Commission warden Jerry Czech says they’re taking a wait-and-see approach. He says the bear could have traveled overnight and could be miles way from Oreland, or it could still be around somewhere.

After the sighting, to play it safe, Springfield Township schools went on a brief lockdown, according to the superintendent.

Among the suggestions from Warrington Police to prevent a bear from coming around is to keep things that may attract bears inside — garbage, for example. Police say it may be a good idea to leave it in the house until the morning it’s collected.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has these tips for bear encounters.

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