Black Bear Causes A Stir on Hospital Campus

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — A young black bear caused a stir on a hospital campus in Youngstown Sunday.

A spokesperson with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said they and Youngstown State University Police were monitoring a juvenile black bear that was hanging out at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital property.

At one point, officials shut down Belmont Avenue in all directions in front of the hospital. The hospital was not placed on lock-down, but the automatic doors were turned off as a precaution.

ODNR said the bear was climbing up and down some of the trees on the campus.

The black bear started coming down out of one of the trees about 11:30 a.m., which created a bit of panic in the area. The bear did go back up the tree, according to ODNR.

Police and ODNR are continuing to monitor the situation.