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Black bear sighting reported in Solebury Township, Pennsylvania, police say

SOLEBURY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) – Police in Solebury Township, Bucks County, said they have a report of a large black bear walking around on Monday.

The bear was spotted in the area of ​​Aquetong, Upper Mountain and Upper York roads.

Police are warning residents to keep a safe distance from the bear and securely store their trash, bird feeders and other food that could attract the animal.

What to do if you encounter a black bear

According to the Humane Society, chances are the bear is more afraid of you than you are of the animal. In fact, black bear attacks on humans are quite rare. This is how you can protect yourself against black bears.

Look at the bear. Don’t run away, but don’t approach them.

Make yourself tall and spread your arms wide.

Make it loud by shouting or, if you are able, banging pots and pans together or using other devices that make noise.

If you have it, use bear spray if they approach you.

If the bear does attack you, fight back and do not surrender.

Once the bear has left, throw away anything that you think may have attracted it to where you were.

The National Parks Service emphasizes this Never stand between a mother bear and her cub. Don’t even approach them. The chance of an attack increases exponentially if the mother thinks you are a danger to her cubs.