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Bear Sightings Continue Around Cranberry

After being spotted at several more dining establishments, the bear appears to have developed a “taste” for the township.

The Cranberry bear is continuing his culinary tour of the township—and even getting caffeinated.

Public Safety director Jeff Schueler said the bear was spotted in the parking lot of the Starbucks on Freedom Road Thursday and also outside the Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community off Rochester Road Friday.

“We’re worried he’s Dumpster diving,” he said.

Schueler said the bear likely is the same 200-pound black bear that climbed a tree in the Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot along Route 19 in Cranberry Dec. 27.

After spending close to two hours in the tree, his movements monitored by police,

Before crossing the road to get to the fast food restaurant, the bear was careful to look both ways, Schueler said. He was last reported heading towards the woods near Interstate 79.

Schueler said anyone who spots the bear may report it to police.

He also recommended that people do not feed the bear.

“Stay away from it,” he said.

He advised residents to bring any food, including birdseed and pet food, inside during the evening hours because the food is attractive to bears. Residents also should make sure their garbage can lids are secure, he said.

Schueler said officers are tracking the bear’s movements. Typically, police don’t interfere with bears unless they pose a hazard to residents or are causing damage to property.

The public safety director added residents should accept bears make their homes in the area—after all, they were here first.

“We’re got to learn to live with the bears,” he said. “We’ve got to learn to live with Mother Nature.”

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Lisa Vescio January 08, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Until it hurts someone... Why not relocate him to a less populated area before it comes to that?
Michele Lombardo January 08, 2013 at 04:14 PM
He hasn't hurt anyone one and probably won't as long as people leave him be. That's like saying that we should relocate humans out of our community because they have a bad reputation. I think it's a good lesson to teach my kids about wild animals.
karen turley January 08, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Why is the first answer to kill it? The bears were here before the people started flooding into Cranberry. Those of us that have been here knew that and lived peacefully with them for years. Now new people are coming in and displacing the animals andsuddenly the animals all need killed? If you don't want to be around them don't move to where they are! That would solve the problem real fast. Contrary to tv shows all animals are not rabid killers. You and your house chased them from theirs so give them a chance to figure out where to go.
Giacomo January 09, 2013 at 05:59 PM
If I were a bear, I would waste no time at the other places and head over to the Giant Eagle deli for one of their hoagies. The portions are truly bear-sized, and and it would be a great last meal before curling up to hibernate.

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