July 24, 2016

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Black bear roams Montville Township

MONTVILLE TWP. — Don’t leave any “pic-a-nic” baskets lying around in Montville.

Police say there’s a black bear at large, and so far it’s been smart enough to elude the average patrolman.

At about 6:50 a.m. Thursday, police received a 911 call about a bear in the backyard of a home in the Blue Heron Development, near River Styx and Sharon-Copley roads. The caller told the dispatcher that the bear — described as larger than an adult human — had left the yard and was heading west.

Police couldn’t locate the bear.

At 8:05 a.m., police received a second bear complaint from the same area. That caller said the bear crossed Sharon Copley Road, just east of Blue Heron Drive, and was headed south.

Montville Police Sgt. Chris LaFond said Bath Township reported a similar black bear sighting Wednesday.

LaFond said residents should be wary and keep a close watch on children and pets outdoors.

He said residents should notify police and not approach the bear if they see it.

He said police will attempt to direct a wildlife officer to the area to try to remove the bear safely and humanely.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.