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Young bear has weekend romp on north side of Youngstown

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Roads were blocked off around Saint Elizabeth's Hospital early Sunday after a young bear decided to camp out in a tree at the intersection of Belmont and Parmalee Avenues.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Supervisor Scott Angelo told 21 News that the bear was most likely pushed out by it's mother.

"May, June and July is dispersal time for juvenile black bears from Pennsylvania.  They come here to Ohio because they've been pushed out by their parents and they're looking for territory, food, things like that. It is typical to see the movements here in Ohio this year.", said Angelo.

After being perched in the tree for about an hour, it quickly climbed down and wandered down Caroline Street where it found another tree in a parking lot behind Stambaugh Stadium.

The bear was the talk of the town.  Youngstown State University campus police sent out text alerts advising students and staff to be cautious since the bear had been sighted near Wick Park.

Some students like Macen Whirett of Howland came out to get a glimpse of the bear. "It's pretty neat its not often you get to get within 40, 50 feet of a bear without being in a zoo." said Whirett.

Police and Wildlife experts set up a perimeter to keep curious people a safe distance away, since even a baby or juvenile bear can cause plenty of damage. They don't want the bear in areas where humans live, but they don't want to tranquilize the bear either.

"Tranquilizing is a last option and the reason that is because once we tranquilize the animal it takes about 7 minutes for the drugs to take effect. That bear can then travel a distance of a mile to two, and that area would be a large area to search for a bear that has now been drugged and when it wakes up its not going to be very happy." said Angelo.

A few hours later the bear was near the rail road tracks off McGuffey Road.  Authorities observed the bear's movements for several hours to ensure public safety. They hoped the bear will find it's way out of the urban setting.

Just after 5:30 p.m. Sunday, YSU campus police sent out a text alert notifying students and staff that the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources is monitoring the bear as it continues its way to the east and feel it is not currently a threat to campus.

The ODNR has more information on black bears in Ohio by following this link.

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