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Black bear roaming Clermont County
MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- Bonnie Penrod could barely contain her excitement when she thought she caught a glimpse of a black bear in the woods near her home.
"It's gone now. It was there. It was there," Penrod said as she pointed to the woods.
Penrod has lived on Highview Dr. for 23 years. She's never seen a bear on the street,
"I've seen deer. Lots of deer," Penrod said.
The bear has been spotted in parts of Clermont County since last Friday. Parents with their children in tow came from miles away in the hope of seeing the bear.
"My notifications on Facebook were blown up. I kind of looked at that and chuckled. I thought it was all just a joke. This is Milford," said Tina McNay, a mother of four.
McNay's 10-year-old daughter was eager to see the bear.
"It looks interesting to get a picture of it and all that. You usually just see them at the Zoo," Chaeli Morgan said.
Seeing a bear in Clermont County is unusual. The bear surprised drivers on State Route 28. The four-legged animal caused a fender bender when drivers turned to look at him. The bear ran into the woods off 28 and wasn't seen again. Earlier in the day, he was seen at Milford Junior High School. A Wildlife Officer with the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources believes the bear in Miami Twp. may be the same one spotted in Kentucky last week.
"We believe it to be a young male. Their second year, after their second winter, they get bumped from the den by their mothers and we believe he's just looking for his new home range and he found himself in an urban area," Officer Gus Kiebel said.
Kiebel hoped the bear would leave after dark to continue his journey. The bear was the talk of the township. He even has a Twitter account with the handle @ClermontCtyBear. He doesn't have a lot of followers on the web but he does have a lot of fans in Miami Township.
"I'm not going to go up and pet it. Poor thing. I feel sorry for it." Penrod said.
The Ohio DNR says black bears are not aggressive toward humans and are generally fearful of people.
If you come in contact with the bear, back away slowly and give the bear plenty of space. Act calmly and do not run. Speak in a firm voice and if necessary, raise your arms above your head and clap.
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