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As bear sightings increase; remember to bear-proof your yard

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Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 6:00 am

Approximately 70 different black bears are reported annually in the Buckeye State according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Sightings of black bears rise in the summer months due to young males looking for their own territory and searching for a mate.

Just last week, a black bear was photographed roaming County Road 4 on Wednesday, June 12, near the Malta Cemetery, by Ryan Strode, of Malta, and it has been seen by others in the area. “It had been spotted in Perry County the two previous days, June 10-11,” according to Lindsay Rist, Wildlife Communications Specialist, ODNR Division of Wildlife, District 4. She also states, “there have not been other reports of bear sightings since then.”

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