Bear roams in Greensburg, Southwest Greensburg |

Bear roams in Greensburg, Southwest Greensburg

Renatta Signorini

A young black bear was spotted roaming Greensburg and Southwest Greensburg neighborhoods early Friday.

It’s not an unusual sight at this time of year when “yearlings” are leaving their homes in search of their own territory, said Tom Fazi, information and education supervisor for the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Southwest region.

“Males instinctively go further away from their home or where they were born,” Fazi said.

A Southwest Greensburg police officer spotted the bear overnight Thursday and Friday on Brandon Street, Sgt. Todd Brant said. The officer estimated the bear weighs about 100 pounds, Brant said.

It moved along Stanton Street and out of borough limits, he said.

Greensburg police got a few calls overnight about the bear, and one officer saw it in the area of Alexander and Oakland avenues, Officer Nick Rullo said.

When bears are about 1 12 years old, they leave the den, resulting in mostly male bears traveling miles to find a new place to live, Fazi said. Female bears of the same age are more likely to stay closer to their mothers, he said.

“This time of year, the yearlings … are getting sent off on their own for the first time,” Fazi said.

The game commission typically doesn’t interfere if the bear keeps moving. But if one takes up residence in a neighborhood, a trap could be set to get it moved to a safer home, he said.

He advised anyone who comes in contact with a bear to keep their distance, make sure the bear knows of their presence, stay calm, pay attention, slowly back away and make sure not to block an escape route for the animal.

“They’re not aggressive animals. They’re very docile for the most part,” he said. “They give you plenty of warning.”

It is illegal to feed bears, he added.

If a bear seems to be staying in one area, Fazi advised residents to call the game commission at 724-238-9523.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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