Black bear or bears loose in area, including Aurora

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by MIKE LESKO | REPORTER

Aurora -- A black bear was reported in Aurora in late October/early November, according to law enforcement personnel.

A bear was reported to be in Bainbridge on Oct. 15, then a bear was reported hanging around a barn in Shalersville on Nov. 1 and one was reported in Aurora on Nov. 2, according to Jamey Graham of the Ohio Division of Wildlife District 3.

Aurora police said a bear also was reported in the city Oct. 31. A Hanes Road resident reported that when her daughter was leaving for school, a bear was walking around her car. The bear did not seem agitated or aggressive, according to police.

"There may be two bears, or there may be one active bear," Graham said.

She said it may be the same bear that was reported in September in Bedford Heights.

"This bear is bigger than the Bedford Heights bear, but that doesn't mean it's not the same bear," he said. "If it's the same bear, it has more hair and weight now."

Graham said reports of bear sightings usually slow down by now.

She said bears do not typically go into hibernation in northeast Ohio. Instead, they go into a torpor, which is a temporary hibernation "when the weather gets super cold."

He said bears typically head toward remote areas in West Virginia and Pennsylvania in the fall because there is "too much human activity" in Northeast Ohio.

"Usually, they spend the summer looking for territory here, then they go back east, but not always," she said.

Graham advised residents not to approach bears.

"Black bears are not typically aggressive, but it's not a good idea to approach wild animals," he said. "A number of people have reported that this bear [recently spotted in Aurora] has run from them, so this bear appears to be fearful of people."

Graham said residents should avoid putting out their trash until the last possible minute and should remove bird feeders temporarily if a bear has been reported in their area.

"Birds rely on feeders only about 20 percent of the time," he said. "Bird feeders provide supplementary food for birds. Wild birds do a good job of feeding themselves, which is what they are designed to do, unless there is a large snowfall.

"Also, this might be a good opportunity to wash bird feeders," he added. "They need to be kept clean."

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