WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS -- The Warrensville Heights Police Department say that the black bear roaming the eastern suburbs was last seen by police here Thursday morning.
Police say the bear was seen at the corner of Richmond and Gary roads headed east. At 9:32 a.m. Thursday, it was sighted at the corner of Gary and Springfield roads.
Police remind everyone not to approach the bear or startle it.
After climbing down a tree outside an apartment complex on Rockside Road in Bedford Heights Tuesday, 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.
Officers hope the bear will stay out of urban areas and continue south in deeper woods, possibly toward Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
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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.