Bear sighting in Cincinnati suburb

There were slightly fewer sightings last year of black bears across Ohio compared to 2013 (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, File)
FILE (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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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