Police ask Dillsburg residents to prevent bear encounters

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DILLSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Carroll Township police are asking residents to watch out for roaming black bears.

A black bear was recently seen rummaging through cans and looking for food on the property of Bob and Cindi Moore, who live along Mountain Road near Dillsburg.

The couple told police that the bear was eating from their chicken feed container.

Travis Lau, a Pennsylvania Game Commission spokesman, said the north-central part of the state is the stronghold of the bear population.

“It is not uncommon to see a bear that is likely passing through,” Lau said. “It is unlikely that there will be a permanent bear population setting up in Dillsburg.”

Lau says there are an estimated 21,000 bears in Pennsylvania. He says an extended breeding season can play a role in increased bear sightings.

“Some of the breeding activity is bound to occur later,” he said. “That drives bear activity and bear sightings.”

Police are asking residents to be cautious when leaving trash, bird feeders, or anything that may draw bears into their yards. Lau recommends that people put out their trash on the day it’s scheduled for pick-up.

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