A black bear and two cubs were spotted in Ashtabula County on Wednesday according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) said the black bear sightings in Northeast Ohio have become more frequent after sightings of young males looking to establish their territories during the warmer months. Wednesday's sightings confirmed that black bears were back in the area.
Anyone who spots a black bear in northeast Ohio is encouraged to contact Wildlife District Three at 330-644-2293 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to report the sighting. The ODNR asks that as much detail as possible is provided when reporting a sighting including location, date, time, and bear activity. The information is helpful to wildlife officials as they try to understand the species as well as the population dynamics in Ohio.
If you spot a black bear, the ODNR suggests taking the following actions and remember to be AWARE:
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.
The black bear is listed as endangered in Ohio and is protected by state law. For more information about Ohio's wildlife species visit ODNR's website.