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Bear sightings increase in county

August 02, 1999

WILLIAMSPORT - A 150-pound black bear was seen near Lockwood Road and Md. 68 Monday morning, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Bear sightings have become more common in Washington County this year than in past years, said DNR spokesman John Surrick.

There have been 36 reports so far this year. That figure doesn't mean there are that many bears in our area since one bear can be spotted several times, he said.

He estimates there are about 12 bears living permanently in Washington County. Others travel through the area but do not stay, he said.

A grown black bear can weigh up to 300 pounds and stand more than 6 feet tall, he said.

People who see bears should leave them alone and never feed them, he said. It is illegal to fee, harass or destroy a black bear in Maryland, he said.

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