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SALEM, Ohio (WJW) — The Salem Police Department is asking residents to steer clear of a bear that was spotted in town earlier this morning.

The animal was reportedly seen around 10 a.m. Tuesday, with multiple people calling authorities to say it was going through a neighborhood.

Police and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is attempting to locate the animal at this time and is asking anyone who sees it to call 330-337-7811.

Residents are also asked to keep their garbage cans covered, as bears sometimes come into towns looking for food.

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