Bear Roaming Region, Now Near Susquehanna River

Bear sightings reported across areas of Baltimore and Harford counties are believed to be of the same bear, officials told Patch.

Officials say one bear has been making a number of appearances throughout Baltimore and Harford counties over the last week.

 last week is believed to be the same bear that has been roaming through parts of central Harford County this week.

“Our thinking is that it's the same bear,” said Ken D’Loughey, a regional manager with the Maryland Wildlife Heritage Service.

A bear was reported near the  Thursday.

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D’Loughey told  Thursday morning the bear was most recently sighted at Glen Cove Road in . That sighting was at 11:15 a.m., following a report of a bear at Route 1 on the Harford County side of the at 7:20 a.m. Thursday morning, D’Loughey said.

At 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, a bear was reported near Lapidum and Stafford Roads, he said.

D’Loughey also said there was a sighting in the 200 block of Paradise Road on June 10, following a report on Carsins Run Road on June 9.

Monica Worrell, spokeswoman for the , said police responded to three reports recently.

A deputy with the department reported one just before 6 p.m. on June 9 at Montreal Drive, Worrell said.

She added that reports also came in June 9 at Tower Road at 5:05 p.m. and on Cypress Drive in Bel Air at 8:47 p.m.

Members of the community along Fairway Drive off Wheel Road in Bel Air also saw a bear June 9.

Worrell said the bear was reported at between 2 and 3 years of age, around 6 feet tall and weighing approximately 250 to 300 pounds.

Hunt Valley Patch reported .

In a voicemail left with Patch Thursday morning,  spokesman Lt. Fred Budnick said the department is watching for movement in the direction of .

“We’re keeping an eye on it, because last time they were here they seemed to move toward the proving ground,” he said. “But we have not had any sightings yet.”

 spokesman  said Thursday morning that no sightings have been reported in the city.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has information about encountering bears.

Anyone who wants more information or wants to report a bear sighting may contact the Department of Natural Resources at 410-260-8540.

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Ashley June 14, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I'm just glad he's not wandering the area by my house anymore. I want absolutely nothing to do with a bear. lol
James P. Miller June 14, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I hope no one shoots this one like some idiot did last time there was a bear in the area.
Betty June 14, 2012 at 05:53 PM
A black bear was spotted off of W. Jarrettsville Road and Old Federal Hill road last week. I have pictures of his prints as he walked by the stream!
John Kelble June 14, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Saw him/her on Saturday morning crossing 924 near Patterson Mill high. Freaked me out but I was full of barium heading for a CT!
Phyllis Perzanowski June 14, 2012 at 09:59 PM
I agree!!
Curtis Coon June 14, 2012 at 10:30 PM
They're 'cute' and 'cuddly' UNTIL someone or someone's property gets mauled... We need to keep our distance, but what you also need to know if you have no experience with bears, is that they are programmed by their nose. If they so much as smell toothpaste, cigarettes, chewing gum, perfume, soap,.... anything, they will go for it and in the process can easily hurt or even kill someone. What to do? you can run, but a bear will outrun the fastest of us... best is to bang pots and pans, ring a loud bell or horn AND run (downwind). By the way, I personally doubt seriously that it is only one bear.
Socorro June 15, 2012 at 12:51 AM
I saw the bear on June 9 around 12 noon at the intersection of 136 and 543. No pictures as I freaked out and only atopped to see it run for cover in the woods near the Highland School.
Sean Welsh June 15, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Judging by the more eyewitness accounts I'm reading in the comments here and on Facebook/etc., I think I'm with you on the multi-bear theory. Thanks for the tips, Curtis. Sean
Alicia June 15, 2012 at 06:46 AM
It probably had a nice bear home in a nice bear neighborhood which was probably promptly torn down to make room for a human neighborhood with little thought as to what would happen to the wildlife. Kinda sad really...
Gary Olivier June 15, 2012 at 09:03 AM
I saw a sign on the road that read bear left. Does this mean the bear is gone?
Phil Angelini June 15, 2012 at 11:55 AM
I can bear-ly contain myself over your sign citing Gary but I will bear up under the circumstances. I believe this situation still bears watching.
Colleen June 15, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Awww poor bear. He just wants to find a safe home. I agree with Alicia, I am sure we tore down his home to build 1000 townhouses. Then we all freak out when there are bears in our backyards distroying things. We kinda brought them there by our own doing. Cant we all just live together and get along?
Kirsten Dize June 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Many thanks to Megan Johnson-Tyler for the picture!
Thomas June 15, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Hey... Boo boo..... Have you seenu picnic basket ???
Russell June 15, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Black Bears almost never maul people; dogs far and away are more likely to hurt you than a bear! Stop spreading misinformation like this; there are rural areas all across the east that have bears and next to never have bear-human interactions.
Curtis Coon June 15, 2012 at 05:21 PM
According to reputable source, 23 persons were killed by black bears between 1900 and 1980. The worst attack from a black bear was in Algonquin Park in Canada in 1978 which resulted in three fatalities.. I have camped in that park and had black bear encounters there, and while I appreciate not starting any sort of a panic, the truth is that Black Bears should be avoided. They ARE attracted to food, perfumes, etc and, in an effort to find food will invade human space. I have seen a sleeping bag torn up by the swipe of black bear paw, attracted by a pack of cigarettes. These bears may appear cute when on TV or in a color glossy photo, , but don't EVER tease or tempt a black bear!!
Alicia June 16, 2012 at 09:52 AM
Curtis I think its more that humans are invading bear space and not the other way around.
Karl Schuub June 17, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Black bears rarely attack people and are considered the most docile of bears but at the same time getting too close or trying to mess with it is never a good idea. Just wanted to clear up the idea that this is some "grizzly" bear scenario because that's exactly why the yahoos will get thier guns and shoot the animal and unnecessarily.
Hazzard Native June 17, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Let's trap the bears, train them, and make the top deck of the riverboat casino a 3 ring circus, kind of like our county council sessions.
Curtis Coon June 18, 2012 at 02:56 PM
All I an say is that anyone who believes Black Bears are not dangerous has had no personal experience with them in the wild. I have. In the wild. Invading my tent. Once an experience like that is under your belt, it's impossible to think of them as simply "cute", or harmless. They are a thing of beauty, but only from a distance.
Andrea Gaytan June 21, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Im glad people find this funny. I have a 2 year old and a small dog in my backyard with a bear that out ways both of them combined. The bear that was at my home on the 19 June.
Karl Schuub June 21, 2012 at 01:36 PM
If a bear attacked your tent you hadn't taken proper precautions. A black bear doesn't want to snuggle up with you in a tent. It wants food...did you hang your pack? Not leave any garbage around your campsite? Shouldn't even have a candy bar in your pocket because they have an incredible sense of smell. I will stand by what I said that black bears are for the most part docile. Given the wide range and population and relative proximity to humans - the incidents of aggression are minimal. In a single week more humans die at the hands of other humans in any US city than you cite bear attacks over an entire decade. Don't pet the bears, don't ever try to approach a young bear and when hiking in bear country use well known precautions and your safety is far better than walking any city street.
Hazzard Native June 21, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Outweighs? And the bear did not eat your child or dog, correct? I would be concerned too, but is this such a matter that we can't have a little fun with it?
Andrea Gaytan June 21, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Yes it is.....when the fear of walking up on it paralyzes you to the point of being afraid to take either of them outside to enjoy the sun and water fun. If I wanted to live with such wildlife I would have move to the western side of MD. My families safety and the other children in my areas safety is my concern. Y not just tranquilize it and take it back to where it came from.
Alicia June 21, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Because someone probably built a housing development "where it came from"
Gary Olivier June 21, 2012 at 11:43 PM
The bear is not bothering anyone. It will go away just leave it alone.
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