A homeowner reported a black bear in her backyard in the 800 block of Willow Walk Road in Wadsworth Sunday night. This screenshot is from a video posted on the Wadsworth Police Department’s Facebook page.
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Two separate American black bear sightings were reported Sunday in Wadsworth.
A homeowner in the 800 block of Willow Walk Road called police just after 8 p.m. to report a black bear in her backyard.
A video posted on Wadsworth police’s Facebook page shows the bear trying to get into a bird feeder.
Police Lt. Dave Dorland said if a black bear is spotted, it is best to leave the animal alone.
“We always recommend whenever they see wildlife like that just to leave them alone, just let them go on their way,” he said Monday.
A black bear also was spotted tearing up a beehive at The Restored Church of God, 1000 Ambassador Drive.
Medina County Bee Inspector Ron Zickefoose went to the church Monday morning and was able to save the bees.
“The folks at the property had seen the bear,” Zickefoose said. “They actually took a picture of the bear as it was destroying the beehive.”
Zickefoose said he is not sure what time the incident occurred, but estimates the damage to the hive and loss of honey to be more than $800.
Zickefoose said American black bear sightings in Ohio are unusually high this year.
“We have never in my knowledge had the black bears come into Ohio like they have this year,” he said. “Not in our area anyway.”
In May, an American black bear was spotted on private property near state Route 57 and River Styx Road in Montville Township, Police Chief Terry Grice previously said.
He noted there also was a bear sighting on Foote Road in Medina Township.
According to the Washington, D.C.-based wildlife conservation organization Defenders of Wildlife, there are an estimated 600,000 American black bears in the U.S.
Dorland said individuals are welcome to report wildlife sightings to Wadsworth police.
“If they want to notify us just so we know an animal like that is in the area, that’s fine,” Dorland said. “Normally they are pretty docile … just don’t bother them in any way.”