Wildlife officials expect more black bear sightings this summer in Northeast Ohio

Wildlife officials expect more black bear sightings this summer in Northeast Ohio

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says there might be more black bear sightings than normal roaming around Northeast Ohio this summer because of the species’ growing population.

As 19 News reported on May 1, black bears are waking up from winter hibernation and will soon be venturing through territories in search for food and new habitats.

Young bears often travel from the mountains of New York or Pennsylvania to Ohio in the summer months, which is peak time for bear activity.

In Ohio, there were nearly twice as many black bear sightings between 1993-2018 reported in Ashtabula County than any other region.

Moving bird feeders out of reach, removing uneaten pet food from outside, keeping trash inside, and cleaning up after grilling can help against attracting black bears to your property.

If you spot a bear in your area, you can report it online to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources or call 1-800-WILDLIFE.

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