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Update on Bear Sightings in Montgomery County (Video)

Earlier this month, the city of Rockville’s Police Department alerted residents of two black bear sightings. Over the summer, there have been several sightings in and around Montgomery County.


Black Bear Spotted in Silver Spring

Silver Spring Black Bear sighting

Lisa Holland and her daughter were driving down Longmead Crossing Drive in Silver Spring at 8:25 p.m. Tuesday and saw a black bear running down the street. They watched as the bear ran behind a house near Argyle Country Club. Here’s the video Holland’s daughter caught on her cell phone.

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Woman Attacked by Black Bear in Frederick County


A 63-year-old woman was attacked by a black bear on Wednesday night in Frederick County, according to a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) official. The bear attack happened around 9 p.m. on Irongate Lane in Frederick, near Middleton, according to Harry Spiker, who is a state bear biologist. Spiker said this is the first time […]

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Five Things to Know Today, June 18, in Montgomery County


Here are five things to know today, June 18th, in Montgomery County: 1. Economic Reorganization: The Montgomery County Council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee is scheduled to discuss County Executive Isiah Leggett’s economic development reorganization plan today. 2. Small Business University: Today’s featured speaker is Cari Shane, /’sas∙s’ē/ agency principal and her topic is “Social Media […]

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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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Poolesville Bear Making Social Media Buzz

PHOTO | Tom McCartin

He’s got 252 followers on Facebook and his very own Twitter page. He’s one of the most talked about residents of the Poolesville area and in the past few days he turned up at the local Beallsville playground and at a Beallsville Teddy Bear Tea Party venue. He’s affectionately known as the Poolesville Bear. And he’s […]

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State's Top Bear Expert to Talk Bear Basics in Poolesville

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There are an estimated 1,000 black bears in Allegany and Garrett counties, but it is the one spotted in Poolesville that has residents there concerned. They’re concerned enough that they have called in the state’s top bear expert to talk to them about it. On Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Izaak Walton League in […]

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Like Bears to Honey: Beekeeper's Colonies Destroyed by Bear in Poolesville

PHOTO | Joe Long

There was something buzzing around Joe Long’s bee colonies just outside of Poolesville Monday night and it had a taste for honey. At least 20 pounds of it. From the looks of the damage and large paw prints on the ground Long said it was a 300 to 400-pound black bear that helped himself to honey […]

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Grizzly Bears Make Their Debut At the Montgomery County Fair (Video)

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At the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg, you can watch bees making honey and now you can see bears as well. New to the fair is A Grizzly Experience from southwest Florida, where two Alaskan grizzly bears wrestle and roll around together in a caged area on the fairgrounds. A Grizzly Experience is a private […]

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Update on Bear Sightings in Montgomery County (Video)

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Earlier this month, the city of Rockville’s Police Department alerted residents of two black bear sightings. Over the summer, there have been several sightings in and around Montgomery County. Related:

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Bear Sightings in Rockville and Bethesda

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A black bear was spotted in Montgomery County last night at 6 p.m. at Wootton Parkway and Tower Oaks Boulevard, according to an official at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “We are getting consistent sightings,” said Ken D’Loughy, a regional manager for DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service. According to D’Loughy, the bear has been […]

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Sonya Burke

About Sonya Burke

Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.


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