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« on: May 28, 2012, 07:56:08 AM »

Streetsboro Police: Bear sighting concern

Police have issued a warning after a bear was spotted in the area of Delores Drive and Kensington Lane.

The Ohio Department of Natural Recourses and Portage County Wildlife officers have been notified about the sighting.

Streetsboro police are asking the public to call them if they see the bear.  Do not approach the bear, and to stay inside your homes.

http://www.wkyc.com/news/article/246262/45/Streetsboro-Police-Bear-sighting-concern
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2012, 07:57:31 AM »

Black Bear Sightings Expected to Rise

A warning from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources: keep your eyes out for black bears. This is the time of the year when sightings are expected to rise.

The summer months bring more than just plenty of sunshine and warm weather. May, June, July and August bring out the black bears.

“When they are breeding, the sows actually, basically kick out their young being their 18-month-old cubs, and these cubs are dispersing widely — particularly males — to find new home ranges,” said Wildlife Management Supervisor Scott Peters.

Last year, over 30 black bears were confirmed in Ohio. One way to keep the burly creatures away from your backyard and neighborhood is to clean up after yourself.

“That even includes pet food dishes, outside gas grills, charcoal grills, bird feeders, you name it,” Peters said.  “Any potential food attractants smell or actual food is going to draw in bears.”

If you see a black bear, you are encouraged to call the Ohio Division of Wildlife to make a report.  You are also encouraged to enjoy the rare sighting, but keep your distance.

rest: http://fox8.com/2012/05/10/odnr-says-black-bear-sightings-are-expected-to-rise/
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2012, 08:33:52 PM »

Having a very territorial cat can keep black bears away.  Grin

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/06/060613-cat-bear.html
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2012, 07:43:50 AM »

lol  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2012, 02:48:47 PM »

We had a bear sighting today about 3 miles west of McArthur this morning.  Told to me by the person who saw it.  McArthur is the county seat of Vinton County and this is quite an event for a county that only has 2 traffic lights.
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2012, 02:57:03 PM »

Bear stuck in tree in Ohio neighborhood

Crowds and police surrounded an area in Bedford Heights, Ohio where a black bear that was first spotted Monday night was found in a tree.

Bedford residents sighted the bear in a tree on Rockside Road near the Rockside Park Tower Apartments.

A crew with Scripps Ohio station is at the scene and was asked by police to step away so the bear could come down on its own.

The bear was seen coming down from the tree just after 11 a.m. Arizona time. The bear then jumped up into another tree.

A large crowd has gathered across the street at a gas station, snapping photos and taking video of the bear. Police are asking people who are not buying gas to move from the area as the sighting has caused a traffic jam.

Police said they do not plan to tranquilize the bear, which is more than 6-feet tall, because it can cover three miles in 10 minutes.

The black bear was first seen in the area of Columbus Road between Perkins Road and Kimberly Drive Monday evening. Police said the bear moved into a wooded area and they decided to leave it alone.

Earlier, the Bedford Police Department said a black bear was last seen by a driver in the area of Northfield and Solon Roads. Officers said the bear was spotted earlier in the day near the cities of Oakwood and Walton Hills and appeared to be traveling north.

Police are asking any residents who spot the bear to leave it alone, do not make an attempt to approach it and contact authorities immediately.

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/local_news/water_cooler/bear-stuck-in-tree-in-ohio-neighborhood
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2012, 04:44:39 PM »

Thanks for passing this info along!
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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2013, 09:26:32 AM »

I had a black bear in my back yard near the Eastern Mogadore Section. 
Neighbor's wife saw it chewing on their bridge that spanned a small creek.  I guess it was foraging for bugs in the dead wood.  She went inside and got the 12 gauge shotgun and pulled off a couple of shots will questionable intent and the bear scurried away. 
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« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2013, 04:15:58 PM »

Biologists Estimate Over 20 Black Bears Sighted In Northeast Ohio During 2012 Written by:ODNR Division of Wildlife 2/8/2013 0:00:00
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Biologists estimate a total of 23 individual black bears accounted for 37 confirmed sightings in 14 northeast Ohio counties last year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
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AKRON, OH – Biologists estimate a total of 23 individual black bears accounted for 37 confirmed sightings in 14 northeast Ohio counties last year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.  The number of confirmed sightings is up from 26 in 2011.
“We experienced two or three specific bears that were very active and therefore highly visible to Geauga and Portage county residents,” said Scott Peters, wildlife management supervisor for District Three Division of Wildlife. “The number of sightings slightly increased in 2012 mostly due to this activity,” noted Peters. Many factors contribute to fluctuating bear movement annually including weather, lack or high availability of food sources, and the presence of other bears.
Sightings were reported beginning in late February and continuing each month through mid-December.  The majority of bears were reported May through August, which is the peak of black bear breeding and dispersal of young male bears.
Of the 37 confirmed sightings, 15 were confirmed as conflict or nuisance behavior, such as damage to bird feeders, beehives, and garbage containers, as well as consumption of pet food.
Trumbull County lead northeast Ohio with 10 confirmed sightings, followed by Portage with six (6) and Ashtabula, Geauga, and Mahoning counties with five (5) confirmed sightings each.
Confirmed sightings include such details as photographs, tracks, scat, and reports directly from wildlife officials.
The Division of Wildlife began formally keeping records of black bear observations in 1993. Since that time, bears have been confirmed in over half of Ohio’s 88 counties. Most observations occur in northeast and southern Ohio.   
Efforts to monitor the black bear have been supported by the Wildlife Diversity and Endangered Species fund, which receives donations from Ohioans through the state income tax check-off program and by the purchase of cardinal license plates and Wildlife Legacy Stamps.  Individuals wanting to donate to the fund can also donate online at www.wildohio.com
The black bear is listed as endangered in Ohio and protected by state law. For more information about Ohio’s wildlife species visit www.wildohio.com
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Editor’s note: Additional northeast Ohio counties with confirmed sightings include Columbiana (1), Cuyahoga (2), Jefferson (1), and Summit (1).

Media inquires contact:
Wildlife Management, District Three Division of Wildlife, 330.644.2293
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Jamey (Graham) Emmert, Wildlife Communication Specialist, 330.245.3020
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