Black Bear Spotted in Germantown

PHOTO  | Michelle Brungard

PHOTO | Michelle Brungard

A black bear has been spotted in recent weeks in Poolesville, Damascus and now Germantown.

On Friday afternoon, Montgomery County Police reported a black bear sighting on Observation Drive in Germantown.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources advises residents on its website that black bears may be seen any time of day and are typically not aggressive.

Below are some precautions and tips if you encounter a black bear:

–Never feed a bear; remove any food sources. Trash, bird feeders and grills often lure bears into residential areas. If a bear is reported in your region, be sure to store these items in a secure place like a garage or a shed.
–If faced with a bear, give it space and ensure that it has an escape route. Do not approach or allow it to be surrounded or cornered.
–Scare bears away by making noise, such as shouting, banging pots and pans, or using air horns or whistles.

To learn more about Maryland’s black bears, click here. Those with questions or reports of a bear sighting should contact the DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service at 410.260.8540 (after-hour non-emergency sightings, leave a message). For after-hour or weekend emergency issues, call 410.260.8888.

UPDATED: Black Bear Spotted in Clarksburg and Boyds (VIDEO)

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UPDATED There are more reports of a black bear roaming around the Upcounty.  On Tuesday, Ken D’Loughy of the Maryland Department of National Resources says a couple of residents reported the black bear in Clarksburg. He said the bear was spotted on Rainbow Arch Drive. He’s also received reports of a bear sighting at Greenridge Baptist […]

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Black Bear Spotted in Germantown

PHOTO  | Michelle Brungard

A black bear has been spotted in recent weeks in Poolesville, Damascus and now Germantown. On Friday afternoon, Montgomery County Police reported a black bear sighting on Observation Drive in Germantown. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources advises residents on its website that black bears may be seen any time of day and are typically […]

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Police Warn Residents to Stay Away from Bears

A bear paw print in Damascus.

Montgomery County Police are cautioning residents to steer clear of any bears they may encounter after a black bear was photographed in the Damascus area on Wednesday. There have been other black bear sightings in the Poolesville area of Montgomery County this spring as well. If you see a bear, you may report it to […]

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Black Bear Sighting in Damascus (PHOTO)

PHOTO  | Michelle Brungard

Damascus resident Michelle Brungard was driving out of her Montgomery County neighborhood with her husband and two kids on Wednesday around noon when she spotted a black bear moving across the landscape towards John Haines Neighborhood Park near Oak Drive. “We were stunned, never thought we would see one,” she said. “It was 10 or […]

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One Response to “Black Bear Spotted in Germantown”

  1. On June 30, 2015 at 11:58 pm responded with... #

    Add Clarksburg to the list of bear sightings. Several residents in Clarksburg Village have reported sightings between 8 and 10pm today. DNR only has one officer on duty (for all of MOCO) this evening to try and track it.




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