Bear sighting in Cincinnati suburb

FILE - In this Wednesday Aug. 1, 2007 file photo, a black bear is seen in Lyme, N.H. New Hampshire's state bear expert says good-hearted but irresponsible residents are “loving the animals to death." Fish and Game officials discovered four sites in Stoddard, North Conway and Bethlehem where residents have resumed feeding black bears despite previous warnings to stop. At one of the four feeding sites discovered in May, two bears had to be killed because they were breaking into cars and garages and killing livestock. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday Aug. 1, 2007 file photo, a black bear is seen in Lyme, N.H. New Hampshire's state bear expert says good-hearted but irresponsible residents are “loving the animals to death." Fish and Game officials discovered four sites in Stoddard, North Conway and Bethlehem where residents have resumed feeding black bears despite previous warnings to stop. At one of the four feeding sites discovered in May, two bears had to be killed because they were breaking into cars and garages and killing livestock. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, File)

MONTGOMERY, Ohio (AP) – Ohio wildlife officials are warning people to stay away from a wild bear that has been spotted this week in a suburban area of southwest Ohio.

The young black bear was last seen wandering around a subdivision in the Cincinnati suburb of Montgomery. The bear is believed to be 2 or 3 years old and weighs about 85 pounds. Officials believe it swam across the Ohio River from Kentucky and was first seen earlier this week.

Officials are telling The Cincinnati Enquirer says that Montgomery residents need to keep pets and children indoors and not approach the bear.

Officials don’t plan to intervene unless the bear climbs into a tree or otherwise gets cornered somewhere. They called off a search Wednesday after trying to force the animal to rural areas.

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