Black Bear Spotted In Armstrong Co. Adds To Growing List Of 2018 Sightings

What to do if you come across a bear

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - There was another bear sighting in our area. This time a black bear was seen in Ford City (Armstrong County) on Sunday adding to the increasing number of sightings in the area this year.

Pennsylvania Game Commission Warden Dan Puhala joined KDKA Radio on Tuesday to explain bear safety.

If a person comes face to face with a bear, Puhala said he or she should;

 “Try and stay calm and slowly back away, you don’t want to make eye contact or turn your back and run.”

People should not underestimate what a bear can do.

“Bears can swim, they can run up to 35 miles an hour, and they can climb trees, so you’re not going to get away from them that way,” the game warden tells KDKA.

Puhala also talks about how bears end up in suburban areas.

“They tend to follow river corridors and natural terrain.” He continued, “There are large tracks of woods that follow those rivers and river trails; there’s no surprise that a bear could follow that terrain and get pretty close to the city.”

If a bear is seen and someone wants to prevent it from coming around his or her home, “Make sure you clean up a little bit, get the bird feeders out, and make sure the garbage isn’t out,” Puhala added.

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