Po­lice: Bear spot­ted in Amity

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AMITY » Po­lice are warn­ing town­ship res­i­dents to be cau­tious af­ter a black bear was sighted in the town­ship.

The Amity Town­ship Po­lice Depart­ment re­ceived in­for­ma­tion on Fri­day, June 1, about a bear in the area of 562 Old Air­port Road. Res­i­dents re­ported on Amity Po­lice’s Face­book page that they had seen the bear in a tree in the area and that it even­tu­ally climbed down from the tree and headed down Old Air­port Road. The post has been shared more than 900 times and gen­er­ated 150 com­ments as of Satur­day evening.

Po­lice are ask­ing res­i­dents not to ap­proach the bear and to con­tact 911 if any­one spots it.

The Penn­syl­va­nia Game Com-

mis­sion has been alerted and there will be ex­tra po­lice pa­trols in the area of Old Air­port Road, ac­cord­ing to Po­lice Chief An­drew J. Kensey.

“My of­fi­cers are aware and there will be ad­di­tional po­lice pres­ence in the area,” Kensey wrote in a Face­book post.

Bears are most ac­tive at dusk and dawn and gen­er­ally avoid hu­mans, ac­cord­ing to the Penn­syl­va­nia Game Com­mis­sion.

“Bears are most ac­tive at dusk and dawn, with slightly lower ac­tiv­ity lev­els dur­ing the day. They can also be­come noc­tur­nal to avoid hu­man ac­tiv­ity. Alert and wary, they tend to avoid open ar­eas. In­di­vid­u­als are soli­tary un­less with cubs or dur­ing the breed­ing sea­son. While most bears will run from a hu­man, some that live in close prox­im­ity to peo­ple can be­come ha­bit­u­ated and ap­pear in­dif­fer­ent,” ac­cord­ing to the Game Com­mis­sion. “Bears that be­come ac­cus­tomed to peo­ple can be at­tracted into back­yards if food is present. Bird feed­ers, garbage cans and back­yard grills all can draw bears. Bears that learn to for­age on hu­man-pro­vided foods of­ten be­come nui­sances, caus­ing prop­erty dam­age and in­creas­ing the risk of a hu­man-bear en­counter. Elim­i­nat­ing at­trac­tants typ­i­cally pre­vents th­ese types of prob­lems.”

The Game Com­mis­sion can be con­tacted at 610926-3136.

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

A black bear sim­i­lar to this one has been spot­ted in Amity Town­ship.

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