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Posted on: June 24, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Bear Sightings in The City of Frederick

The Frederick Police Department has received several reports of a Black Bear within the city limits. It is not uncommon this time of year to see bears in suburban areas and that this is the time of year when young bears begin to find their own territory.

Bear Sightings in The City of Frederick

The Frederick Police Department has received several reports of a Black Bear within the city limits. It is not uncommon this time of year to see bears in suburban areas and that this is the time of year when young bears begin to find their own territory. Department of Natural Resources notified the Frederick Police Department that they relocated a Bear on 6/23/2015 located just south of the city limits and moved it from the area.

The Frederick Police Department is reminding residents not to approach or feed bears that they encounter. DNR advises that black bears may be seen any time of day and are typically not aggressive. Below are precautions and tips when dealing with bear encounters:

• If faced with a bear, give it space and ensure it has an escape route, do not approach or allow it to be surrounded or cornered - much like you would a stray dog.
• Do not feed it, and remove any food sources. Trash, birdfeeders and grills often lure bears into residential areas. If a bear is reported in your region, be sure to store these items in a secure place like a garage or a shed.
• Scare bears away by making noise (e.g. shouting, banging pots and pans, using air horns or whistles, etc.).

Additional information may be obtained at the DNR website
http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2013/06/19/suburban-bear-sightings-more-common-in-summer/
Residents can report a bear sighting by calling the Maryland State Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service 410-260-8540. Residents can also call 911 if there is an immediate threat as a result of the bear’s behavior. The Frederick Police will respond to calls within The City of Frederick in an attempt to persuade the bear to leave the area.

Frederick County Animal control is also available if you have questions or concerns and can be reached 301-600-1544 or if it is an emergency call 301-600-2558. Animal control will not normally respond to wild animal calls and will respond to residential areas only to encourage the animal to move on.

Release Author:
LT Dennis K. Dudley
Commander Patrol Division (2)
Frederick Police Department
301-600-1206

Departmental PIO:
Lt. Clark Pennington
301-600-3935

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