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Bear sightings in Roanoke, Salem and the Washington DC area

Cheryl E Preston
Black bears are b eing sited in DC and VirginiaPhoto byPete NuijonUnsplash

A young male bear was captured in DC

On May 24 a young bear was spotted near Round Hill School in Roanoke and there has been no news of his capture. The anima was seen near 10th Street Northwest a few days later and about a week after the first sighting he was spotted near Central Baptist Church. There has been no news about the local bear being caught or any additional sightings.

No one knows if he is still hiding in Northwest Roanoke or has moved into a different neighborhood or out of the city. There have also been no reports indicating that Roanoke authorities are actively tracking this animal but a young black bear that had been roaming in Washington DC was captured two weeks after his first sighting.

Wildlife authorities had actually been tracking this particular bear for several weeks, spotting him most recently around nearby Hyattsville, Maryland. But the last bear-related mobilization like this in D.C. was at least five years ago.

WSLS 10 is reporting that the bear was spotted in the Brookland neighborhood which is about 5 miles from the nation's capital. An emergency task force was formed that included the "Metropolitan Police Department, the local Humane Rescue Alliance, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the National Zoo". A perimeter was put in place to keep onlookers away and when the bear climbed a tree police sirens were turned on to get him to climb down. The young male bear will receive a medical checkup and be released back into the wild.

A Salem woman also had an encounter last week when a bear and her 3 cubs showed up on her back porch, She said this was the first time she had seen bears in the neighborhood.

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