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Young Bear That Captivated Central Bucks County Killed By Car

The bear had been spotted around the area.

A Pennsylvania Game Commission warden’s vehicle in Bucks County. File photo.

A young black bear, which had become a local neighbor in Central Bucks County over the past few weeks, was killed in a traffic crash while attempting to cross a busy roadway, authorities said.

The bear was struck Thursday on Route 611 between the Route 202 interchange and the Doylestown Hospital exit in Doylestown Township, according to a reader and social media reports.

Pennsylvania Game Commission Warden Kyle Lubak told the Bucks County Herald the bear appeared to have been fatally struck by the car when it ran across the bypass.

Doylestown Patch reported that the game commission said the bear between one and one-and-a-half years old and about 150 to 200 pounds.

There have been reports of a similarly sized bear in the Solebury Township area in recent weeks.

A black bear cub along a roadway. File photo.

The newspaper reported that there were efforts to capture the bear, but he was able to get away each time.

On Facebook, area residents mourned the loss of the bear after his death was shared.

It’s not uncommon for black bears to visit the area in the spring months.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission offered the below tips if you encounter a bear:

Alert the bear — If you see a bear, make some noise to alert the bear of your presence, giving it ample time and space to turn and leave. Avoid being caught up in the excitement of seeing a bear and inadvertently letting the bear get too close before surprising it.

Get back — If you have a close encounter, back away slowly while facing the bear so you always know where the bear is and how its reacting. Wild bears rarely attack people. Slowly backing away diffuses the situation and gives the bear room to flee.

Stay calm — encountering a bear can be startling, but try to remain calm. While moving away, avoid sudden movements and talk to help the bear keep track of your retreat. Don’t turn and run or attempt to climb a tree. Running may prompt the bear to give chase, and climbing a tree could be interpreted as a threat to any cubs that are present since cubs often climb trees when startled. Move toward your camper, house or vehicle if nearby.

Pay attention — Bears will use all of their senses to figure out what you are. If they recognize you as a person, some may stand upright or move closer in their efforts to detect odors in the air currents. Don’t consider this a sign of aggression. Once a bear identifies you, it will usually leave. If it begins to slowly approach you, face the bear, wave your arms wildly and shout while continuing to back away. The idea is to intimidate the bear into retreating. Swing a stick, your backpack or whatever is handy if the bear gets close.

If suddenly surprised, some bears may feel threatened and give warning signs that they are uncomfortable. They may clack their jaws together or sway their head; those are signs for you to leave. Some bears have been known to charge to within a few feet when threatened. If this occurs, wave your arms wildly and shout at the bear.

Fight back — Black bear attacks are extremely rare. If a black bear attacks, fight back. Bears have been driven away when people have fought back with rocks, sticks, binoculars and even their bare hands.

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