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Bears spotted in Adams Twp: How to stay safe

June 20, 2018 Digital Media Exclusive

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Some township residents looking out their windows recently may have seen black bears roaming their neighborhood.

ADAMS TWP — Some township residents looking out their windows recently may have seen black bears roaming their neighborhood.

Though the reason for the bears’ presence is ultimately unknown, experts say the timing is perfect for encounters and sightings, even in densely populated areas.

At least three sightings have been reported to Adams Township police, according to Robert Scanlon, assistant police chief.

Chip Brunst, information education supervisor for the Game Commission’s Northwest Region, said conditions are perfect for bears to be in the area.

He said the initial attraction could be simple — a barbecue, an open garbage can or an unattended dog are enough to catch the eye or nose of a bear.

He added it is close to the bears’ mating season and the males are wandering, looking to set up their own territory. For many, it’s their first time away from their mothers, who stick with their cubs for a year-and-a-half before “kicking them out” of the den.

The best thing to do when encountering or seeing a bear is to leave the area. He said people shouldn’t run or panic, as this could elevate the situation.

He added that to keep a bear from lingering in an area, the reason they want to be there must be removed.

A full story will appear in the Eagle.

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