GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Gaithersburg police spokesperson says numerous people spotted a bear in the area of Quince Orchard Road and Darnestown Road on Wednesday morning.
The spokesperson says officers from both Gaithersburg and Montgomery County Police responded in an attempt to locate the bear but have been unsuccessful.
Police have decided after talking to animal control services and Department of Natural Resources officers to leave the bear alone and let the bear make its way back to its natural habitat.
The spokesperson says if anyone sees the bear they are encouraged to stay clear of it and leave it alone.
The DNR says black bear sightings in suburban areas are not uncommon during the summer, with sightings typically peaking in late June and early July.
According to the Maryland DNR website, here are some tips to avoid bear encounters or what to do if you do encounter a bear:
- If faced with a bear, give it space and ensure it has an escape route, do not approach or allow it to be surrounded or cornered - much like you would a stray dog.
- Do not feed it, and remove any food sources. Trash, birdfeeders and grills often lure bears into residential areas. If a bear is reported in your region, be sure to store these items in a secure place like a garage or a shed.
- Scare bears away by making noise (e.g. shouting, banging pots and pans, using air horns or whistles, etc.).