Bear spotted in Waverly, prompting police ‘pursuit’

Black Bear Spotting

Black Bear Spotting in Waverly (WCMH)

WAVERLY, Ohio (WDTN) – A bear was spotted in the Ohio city of Waverly Friday, prompting the police department to go on a ‘pursuit,’ according to the department’s Facebook page.

We are currently in pursuit of a bear. Citizens are in no danger, but please stay inside! When citizens come out it's…

Posted by Waverly Police Department on Friday, July 5, 2019

The bear was first spotted on 7th Street in Waverly before heading towards Beverly Ave. Police say the bear was contained and citizens are “clear to return to their daily activities.”

*** BEAR UPDATE ***The bear was first spotted in the area 7th Street and wandered toward Beverly Avenue. He has…

Posted by Waverly Police Department on Friday, July 5, 2019

While the bear is contained, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) asked residents to not leave food outside, including dog and cat food, as well as bird feeders. Cleaning grills was also suggested.

While Ohio’s black bear population is small, it is growing, according to Ohio DNR’s Facebook page. In addition, summer months are when black bear sightings increase throughout Ohio.

Black Bear Sightings Expected to Increase in Summer MonthsHistorically, black bears roamed the Buckeye State….

Posted by Ohio Division of Wildlife on Tuesday, May 28, 2019
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