Where is the ‘Bedford Bear?’
A black bear runs from firefighters in Bedford Heights. (Photo Credit: Fox 8 News)
BEDFORD HEIGHTS, Ohio — The black bear that brought hundreds of onlookers to the Rockside Park Tower apartment complex in Bedford Heights on Tuesday has been spotted again.
Multiple Fox 8 News viewers reported seeing the bear at around 8 a.m., near the area of Aurora and Richmond roads. Another viewer said it was behind Heskett Middle School.
Police confirmed just before 9 a.m. that the bear had moved near Cannon and Aurora roads. It was observed crossing the railroad tracks before heading into a wooded area. A short time later, the animal was seen on Richmond Road in Solon.
A spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says that wildlife experts believe the bear is the same one spotted in Streetsboro, Shalersville and Oakwood Village over the summer.
The animal is between 1 and 2 years old and weighs between 120-150 lbs. It’s common for juvenile black bears to be seen this time of year because their mothers kick them out of the den when they are grown, the spokesperson said.
The aforementioned scenario is believed to be the case of the animal dubbed on social media “The Bedford Bear.”
Officers are patrolling the sighting areas, but ODNR officials say people should not be scared. There’s a strong possibility that the bear will continue heading east into a more forested area, so while he’s on the move, it’s best to just leave him alone.
Anyone who sees the bear should not approach it, then report the sighting to authorities.
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