Black bear spotted near Jackson Township houses

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JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio– Wildlife officials are playing the waiting game with a black bear in Jackson Township.

The animal was spotted in the area of Portage Street Northwest and Freedom Avenue Northwest Thursday afternoon, police said. The bear is in a wooded area behind a store with some homes nearby.

Ohio Department of Wildlife officers are also at the scene, waiting for the bear to come out.