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More sightings of the Clermont County Bear
MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- A black bear roamed the streets of Miami Township for a second day Wednesday.
He even climbed into a school dumpster to eat some pizza! Police believe the bear climbed into the dumpster at Milford preschool early Wednesday morning. The dumpster's lid was damaged and a trail of trash led to a nearby wooded area where the bear was seen Tuesday. Children attending a summer day camp were only allowed to play in a gated area outside.
"And he got all of the pizza. Hopefully he got his breakfast and moved on," Sgt. Jim Young told a dispatcher Wednesday.
Shortly after 2:15 on Wednesday afternoon, employees at several businesses along State Route 28 called 911 to report the bear was running in the area. Glen Cole works at Trester's Auto Parts and placed a call.
"I couldn't believe it because I thought they caught it yesterday," Cole said. He added, "When I first seen it, it was right there by the dumpster."
Cole said he watched as the bear ran past the salvage yard and jumped through the slats of a wooden fence. The bear then tried to get into Endeavor Construction through the front door.
"I was standing at the end of the fence down there and he just was like, he wasn't pushing on them but he was just going back and forth in front of them," Cole said.
911 callers said the bear ran behind the Sherwin-Williams paint store. It appeared to run toward a mobile home park but didn't make it that far.
"I wish I would have seen him. I would have called somebody right away because I don't want to see him get hurt," said Lee Parker, who works at the paint store.
The bear was seen farther west on State Route 28 near I-275.
"He's by 275 and 28 right by the Miami Township sign. He just ran in front of my car," a woman told a dispatcher.
A pair of wildlife officers gathered in the Wood Creek subdivision to see whether the bear would come out of the woods in the neighborhood.
"If folks see the bear we ask that they report it and leave the bear alone and just call it in. That would be helpful," said wildlife Officer Eric Lamb.
The bear traveled north on Wednesday. Officers were hoping that he would travel south and retrace his steps to Kentucky. The ODNR said the bear is not a threat to anyone. If people see him they are asked to call 911 so his path can be tracked. The young male bear is likely looking for his own territory and a mate.
Meanwhile, Glen Cole is still amazed by what he saw.
"I couldn't believe a bear is in Milford especially in front of Trester's. It was pretty wild... I thought about using him for a junkyard bear," Cole said.
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