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Have You Seen A Black Bear Roaming Gaithersburg?

Police: Montgomery County Department of Natural Resources officials began receiving reports of bear sightings in Gaithersburg on Saturday.

Have you seen a black bear roaming the Gaithersburg area? Gaithersburg police say a number of people have.

It's unclear if it's one or two bears, but Montgomery County Department of Natural Resources officials began receiving reports of the sightings on Saturday, Gaithersburg police officer Dan Lane told Patch. DNR confirmed the bear(s) as a black bear, Lane said.

"[The sightings] are spread out through various communities surrounding Quince Orchard Road and Darnestown Road," Lane said. "They've been seen in Kentlands, Quince Orchard and across the street on the Rockville side."

There have been bear sightings as far as the Germantown area, Lane said.

If residents see a bear in their community, Lane said they should call local police who will respond to the scene and invite DNR officials to come out as well.

"It's not uncommon to see the bears out at this time frame," Lane said. "They are 2-year-old bears, and when they reach this age that's when they branch off from the den. It's not uncommon to find them this far away from their natural habitat."

SPEAK OUT: Have you seen the bear(s) roaming around Gaithersburg? Tell us in the comments!
macadoodle June 19, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Doubt whether anything will be done even if they endanger children or family pets. Liberal-ruled jurisdictions would rather open petting zoos to show that bears are cute (they're not), prosecute people for shooting animals even if attack is imminent, let deer roam wild even though car crashes caused by deer escalate. When did common sense leave this woebegone state?
Ricardo Gordon June 19, 2013 at 03:48 PM
I saw this bear three weeks ago on the corner of Meadow view Drive and Ancient Oak, didn't occur to me that it was a police matter, maybe I should call them about the rabbits and deer eatign my flowers?
Renee June 19, 2013 at 06:08 PM
@Ricardo - Bear running loose is a bit more serious than your flowers being eaten!
Ricardo Gordon June 20, 2013 at 07:23 AM
Renee, a bear is not a criminal.
p e i June 21, 2013 at 11:09 AM
bear with me... im from mo.co. ..
macadoodle June 21, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Re: above facetious comment. No one said a bear is a criminal. However, do not take lightly that a bear can inflict serious injuries on a human being, one of whom might be one of your children, and animals, including one of your pets. Especially dangerous are female bears with cubs. Not a laughing matter for sure. But we have to bear (hopefully, not me for long as I plan to move to VA) with the residents of Mont County who also hug 100-year-old trees that come down in wind-storms endangering the lives of other people.
Michael Carmel June 22, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Bears are natural and dangerous. We need to let them cull down the deer population and then capture and repeat them. While flowers eaten by deer is annoying, deer caused crashes and deer caused Lyme diseased are down right dangerous.
Bob B June 24, 2013 at 01:07 PM
macadoodle, you are a noodle. Most people realize that a bear roaming around neighborhoods is a series thing and can be life threatening. That whey they put it on bulletenboards like this and tell people to call the police.

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