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Police Investigate Bear Sightings Near SEPTA Station

Philadelphia Police officers and onlookers gathered to try and spot the bear near the train tracks adjacent to a residential area

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    Bear on the Loose in Philly Area

    A bear has been spotted in the Pennsylvania suburbs as well as Philadelphia. We follow the attempts to track the animal down.

    (Published Thursday, June 13, 2019)

    Police were investigating multiple bear sighting near SEPTA's East Falls Station Wednesday morning.

    Philadelphia Police officers and onlookers gathered to try and spot the bear near the train tracks adjacent to a residential area. A rifle-toting Pennsylvania Game warden could be seen conferring with police before moving through trees and bushes to track down the bear.

    A Philadelphia Police chopper was circling overhead to try to help with the search.

    The official Philadelphia Police Twitter feed used humor to urge people who spot the animal to call 911.

    The latest bear sighting coincides with sightings earlier this week and late last week, in Bucks and Montgomery counties.

    Bear sightings in Pennsylvania are not all that strange, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, but attacks on humans are. 

    People should avoid leaving food out so as not to attract bears to their property, the PGC says. Anyone who encounters a bear should make loud noises to let the bear know they're there and give it ample time to run away.

    If the bear is close, people should stay calm and back away slowly while facing the bear, the Commission says.