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Bear spotted in Salem

Salem Police Chief J.T. Panezott spotted this young black bear in a back yard on East Third Street between North Union and Hawley avenues Tuesday morning after Salem residents first reported seeing the animal on Highland Avenue. Police and the Mahoning County game warden searched the woods behind First Christian Church on East Sixth Street, but didn’t find the bear again. Residents are asked to stay away if they see the bear and call police at 330-337-7811. (Photo provided by Salem Police)

Salem Police received a call at 10:05 a.m. Tuesday about a bear sighting in the 300 block of Highland Avenue.

Police received several calls. The Mahoning County Game Warden responded. The black bear — a juvenile weighing around 150 pounds — was seen in backyards on Third Street heading toward the woods. Police and the game warden searched the wooded area behind the First Christian Church but the bear was not spotted.

Salem Police Chief J.T. Panezott saw the bear. He is asking if anyone sees the bear to call the police at 330-337-7811. Do not approach or try to feed the bear. Officials believe the bear is likely moving through the area. Residents are to keep garbage cans covered and keep small animals and children out of harm’s way.

Bear sightings have been reported recently in Austintown, Canfield, New Middletown and Boardman.

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