Bear spotted in Brecksville; city issues safety tips

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BRECKSVILLE, Ohio — A bear has been spotted in a Brecksville neighborhood, prompting city officials to issue some tips to residents.

A man who lives in the Fitzwater neighborhood spotted a baby black bear in his back yard on Aug. 7 around 3 a.m. The homeowner told officials he leaves a bowl of food in his back yard for stray cats, and the bear was eating out of the bowl.

No one was harmed, said officials, and no photos were taken.

The department suggests the following tips to keep wildlife/bears away from your home:

–Do not feed your cat or dog outside, and if you have to, make sure you bring in the dishes immediately after your pet is finished eating
–Birdseed is an attractive snack for bears and other unwanted wildlife
–Keep garbage cans in your garage or shed until garbage pick-up day
–Clean the grease from your grill each time you use

The department suggests the following tips if you see a bear:
–Remain calm; generally, bears are not aggressive and do not want to be near you
–Avoid eye contact and back away slowly
–Allow the bear a route to escape
–Do not run or climb a tree; that could cause the bear to chase you

Most bear sightings happen between Memorial Day and July 4.

For a photo gallery of black bears spotted in Northeast Ohio neighborhoods in recent years, click here.

For the Brecksville Department of Animal Control, click here.

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