BEDFORD HEIGHTS, Ohio -- The adult black bear that captured the attention of so many people in Bedford Heights Tuesday afternoon is likely hunkering down for the night.
After climbing down a tree outside an apartment complex on Rockside Road, the bear made a mad dash across Interstate 271 and disappeared into the woods on the south side of the highway.
Bedford Heights Police received a call around 7 p.m. that the bear was spotted in a backyard on Columbus Road, but officers did not find any sign of him upon investigating.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has a biologist and several officers on call in case of a spotting.
After an exhausting day eluding police, fire fighters and wildlife officers, the bear is likely resting, a spokesperson for ODNR's Division of Wildlife says.
Officers hope the bear will stay out of urban areas and continue south in deeper woods, possibly toward Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
ODNR says black bears are not aggressive, unless threatened, but the animals should never be approached.
Foraging for food is a concern.
People in the areas of the bear sightings are reminded to keep their trash cans securely locked. ODNR says it's a good idea to keep small pets indoors at night as well.
Black bears are considered an endangered and protected species.