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Black bear spotted at Hudson Springs Park: What to do if you see a bear

The City of Hudson took Facebook to remind residents that it is bear migration season

HUDSON, Ohio — EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above previously aired on 3News on June 6, 2022, when a black bear was spotted in the yard of a Lake County home.

The City of Hudson is warning residents to be on the lookout for visitors over the upcoming weeks. 

On Facebook, the City of Hudson confirmed that bear migration is in full swing throughout the town. 

According to the Facebook post, the picture attached to the post was from last year, but there has already been one confirmed sighting of a black bear at Hudson Springs Park. 

Officials noted that the black bears have never caused a problem in previous years. 

"It is common for young black bears to travel great distances in search of new habitat, and they travel through Hudson every year without causing a problem. They usually move out of the area quickly."

It's that time of year! The annual bear migration through Hudson has begun, with a confirmed black bear sighting at...

Posted by City of Hudson, Ohio - Government on Saturday, June 25, 2022

As the black bears make their way into Hudson, the city provided the residents with tips. 

How to bear-proof your yard? 

  • Bird feeders and other wildlife feed: Remove feeders, including hummingbird and suet feeders.
  • Trash receptacles: Store your garbage either in a garage or a secure container.
  • Pet food: Keep pet food inside, especially at night.
  • Grease from grills: Clean out grease traps after each use; store grill in the garage or shed.
  • Secure beehives: Place electric fencing around beehives.
  • Crops: Pick fruit from berry bushes as soon as possible; scare bears out of agriculture fields as soon as the damage occurs; contact your Summit County Wildlife Officer.

What to do if you see a bear?

  • Act calm and do not run.
  • Warn the bear that you are near; talk in a firm, calm voice.
  • Allow space between you and the bear. Step aside and back slowly away. Do not make the bear feel trapped or threatened.
  • Raise your hands above your head to appear larger if the bear approaches. Clap your hands or shout to scare the bear away.
  • Exit the area.

Residents in Hudson are encouraged to call the Hudson Police Department if they spot a bear at 330-342-1800 or the Ohio Department of Wildlife at 1-800-WILDLIFE.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above previously aired on 3News on May 19, 2022, when a black bear was spotted in Madison Township. 

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