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Police in Montgomery County Warn Residents to Avoid Bear After Sighting Near High School

The Pennsylvania Game Commission warned people to avoid a bear that was last spotted near Souderton High School Tuesday. (Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016)

Police in Montgomery County have a warning for residents: if you see a black bear, keep away and call police.

The bear was last seen near Souderton Area High School along Lower Road around noon Tuesday, said Franconia Township Police. Investigators even released a grainy photo of the animal near some trees.

“Attempts to (tranquilize) it were unsuccessful,” police said on Facebook. “If it is spotted call 911 and report its location. DO NOT APPROACH THE BEAR. LET IT GO and it will move on. It is as afraid of you as you may be of it.”

Police described the bear as being around 2 years old and weighing between 125 to 150 pounds.

This wasn’t the only recent bear sighting in the Philadelphia region. A bear turned up along the Wissahickon Creek in Philadelphia last Friday and someone spotted a bear at the Penn Oaks Golf Club in Thornbury Township, Chester County over the weekend.

The game commission isn’t sure if it’s the same bear moving around the area or multiple animals.

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