Black bear spotted in Bensalem

Posted: May 25, 2014

Hide the picnic baskets. A black bear was spotted Friday morning in Bensalem near a wooded area along the Neshaminy Creek, a point several miles south of the last bear sighting in Warrington last summer.

Bensalem police warned residents to stay clear of the animal as officials try to track it down.

Last June, police captured a young black bear near the Valley Square Shopping Center in Warrington. The bear apparently had come to Bucks from New Jersey, crossing a bridge or swimming the Delaware.

Pennsylvania's black bear population has increased steadily from 4,000 in the 1970s to 14,000, and bears have reestablished themselves in upper Bucks County.

People are encouraged to stay away from bears and avoid feeding them. But humans are unlikely to die in a black bear attack, according to the American Bear Association. In the last century, black bears have caused 40 deaths in North America, the association said.

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