Black Bear on the Run in Bath Township

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BATH TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Another black bear is making its way through a local town.

Bath police officers spotted one at around 6 a.m. Wednesday, running down West Bath Road. People also saw it in the Ghent Hills area and on Rambling Way Drive.

Sarah Wells told Fox 8 News she saw a "very large" black bear walk across a small bridge, then up some stairs onto her patio on Forest Pool Road. The bear sniffed around for a bit, then went back into the woods.

Now, the bear is believed to be near the border of Bath Township and Medina.

Police say residents should be aware of the animal's presence in the neighborhood and keep small pets inside. Officers say they're just "letting the bear be."

Julie Slattery, who lives on Clover Hill Road, said it was a neighbor who alerted the family that a bear was roaming nearby. Slattery said, "We got up and looked out the window, and she said, 'There's a bear going through your backyard, into the neighbor's backyard.' "

"The police department's approach was just to allow the bear to move freely through the community. We just wanted to make sure the residents, if they had small pets, to bring them inside," says Bath Police Chief Michael McNeely.

In the last couple of weeks, bears have been spotted everywhere from Wickliffe to Austinburg Township.

PICTURES: Black Bears in Northeast Ohio

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says black bears are usually fearful of people. However, if you see a bear, keep your distance and never approach the animal.

To report black bear sightings, call (800) 945-3543.

*For additional coverage on black bears in Northeast Ohio, click HERE.

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