Small black bear spotted in Fox Chapel, O'Hara - FoxChapel

Small black bear spotted in Fox Chapel, O’Hara

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | 6:13 AM

A small black bear is making his way through Fox Chapel, O’Hara and other Lower Valley communities, according to local police.

Residents of Wedgewood Lane in Fox Chapel got a glimpse of the animal, which officials are calling a cub, wandering across their lawns on Monday.

“If it’s just a cub, it looks like a big one to me,” resident Tom Benic said. “Big mama and bigger daddy must be around.”

The bear was last seen heading to the stream that runs near Hunt Road and down to the Allegheny River.

Fox Chapel Chief David Laux posted a Nixle alert this week saying the animal “appears to be a yearling that has been released by its mother. This is normal bear behavior.”

O’Hara also posted on social media about an uptick of bear sightings since the mild weather broke.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission was notified.

Officials estimate that there are about 20,000 bears in the state.

Residents are reminded not to interact with wild animals, feed them or try to take photos with them. Also, people should not leave pet food outdoors and should make sure garbage cans are covered tightly.

Last week, black bears were spotted in Sewickley Hills and Ohio Township.