Black Bear Spotted in Colesville Area

A black bear was seen in the Colesville area of Montgomery County on Monday, Montgomery Parks said in a statement

Black bears are rare in our county, according to the Parks website. Sightings mostly occur in June and July when young, male bears are traveling to find their own homes. They usually don’t stay, and find homes in western Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. 

If you see a black bear, do not panic, Montgomery Parks says. Back away slowly and keep dogs leashed while taking them with you. Do not go closer to the bear and make sure it has room to leave. If it climbs a tree, leave and the bear will go when it comes down. Finally, Montgomery Parks says residents can report bear emergencies to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources at 410-260-8888. 

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