Another black bear sighting was reported in Bucks County Tuesday, this time in Newtown.
At 5:15 a.m., a Newtown Township Police Officer was passing through the borough when a motorist flagged him down to say he saw a black bear on North Lincoln Ave at Jefferson Ave.
The officer began checking the area and spotted the bear crossing Lincoln Avenue. Shortly after, another report came in that there was a bear sighting in the Rain Tree Development. Officers checked the area but did not find the bear.
One Newtown resident said she was running on Linton Hill Road toward Washington Crossing Road when police told her to turn back due to the bear sightings.
There have been several bear sightings around Bucks and Montgomery counties this spring. A bear that was spotted in Bensalem in late May was euthanized after officials said he had a broken leg. A similar situation happened in Horsham after a bear was spotted in a Wawa parking lot.
A black bear sighting was reported May 8 near the Saint Andrews Elementary School in Newtown. A few days later, a bear sighting was reported in Northampton Township near Richboro Elementary School.
If you see a bear, don't panic. Here are some tips from wildlife experts:
- Keep trash cans secured
- Leave the bear alone and it will probably leave you alone.
- Don't follow or harass the bear.
- If you end up in close proximity to a bear, clap your hands and shout. The noise will probably scare it away.