Bear Spotted in Bucks County Backyard

It was seen strolling near a swing set outside Doylestown this morning.

Photo courtesy of Anne Marie Sweeney

Remember the Radnor black bear that caused multiple school cancellations and inspired a parody Twitter account last year? The same bear that was captured using donuts, maple syrup and honey?

It looks like he might have a friend in Bucks County!

The Doylestown Borough’s Twitter page posted a photo of a small bear spotted this morning in a neighborhood called Old Orchard, near Route 202 and East Swamp Road. Officials are warning residents to use caution and keep pets inside.

The black bear population is on the rise in Pennsylvania – Game Commission officials estimate there are currently 20,000 of black bears in the state, up five-fold from the 1970s. So whether we spot them or not, they’re there – and there’s no need to panic. If you see a bear, stay away and report the sighting to the police.

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