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Black Bears Spotted In Montgomery County

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Black bears sightings are not uncommon at this time of year. This is a file photo of a black bear spotted in Wisconsin.
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Black bears sightings are not uncommon at this time of year. This is a file photo of a black bear spotted in Wisconsin.

In Maryland, wildlife managers in Montgomery County say they've received phone calls this week from residents who've seen bears in their neighborhoods.

The black bears were spotted in a few up-county neighborhoods, including the area around Quince Orchard and Darnestown Roads in Gaithersburg, as well as the Kentlands and Germantown. Wildlife officials say that seeing bears around the region at this time of year is not unusual.

"In spring or early summer they'll get pushed out by the adult female, their mother. So what we're seeing is the movement by this young male black bear seeking a territory of its own," says Ken Blowey with the state department of natural resources.

The or young bears most likely came from western Maryland or even as far west as Virginia. Blowey says the bears are not aggressive by nature, but there are a few things to keep in mind if you see one in your backyard.

"My advice is if you see the bear somewhere around your property, just go ahead [and] keep your distance, stay away from it, and let it move out on its own," he says.

Blowey also suggests you call the local office of the state department of natural resources, so the department can keep track of the animals.

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