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Mother bear, cub spotted in Bangor

Posted May 31, 2014, at 4:55 p.m.
Last modified June 01, 2014, at 3:37 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A mother bear and cub were reported seen in Rolland F. Perry City Forest early Saturday afternoon, police said.

A woman walking with her daughter on a nature trail in the wildlife habitat off Tripp Drive reported seeing the two bears at about 1 p.m., police said.

A dispatcher for the Maine Warden Service said a game warden was sent to investigate. The warden did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment Saturday and Sunday.

Several bear sightings have been reported in the Bangor area over the last few weeks. A motorist reportedly saw a small black bear, believed to be a cub, crossing Interstate 95 near Forest Avenue May 25.

A couple of weeks ago in Down East, Maine, a larger bear was spotted near bird feeders at Princeton Elementary School, May 19 and 20. Game Warden Brad Richard set a trap to try and capture the nuisance bear. Richard trapped the bear early before school started May 23. Game wardens released the bear in Aroostook County later that day.

Bears commonly come into populated areas in search of food. They target garbage cans, bird feeders and dumpsters before retreating back into the woods. They will stay and consume more natural resources, such as berries, when fruit starts to appear later in spring, game wardens said.

Anyone who sees a bear can call the warden service or their local police department’s non-emergency telephone number. Bears are considered dangerous creatures, though they typically shy from human contact.

The Perry forest is more than 680 acres of wildlife habitat and working forest near Main Road and Tripp Drive. It is adjacent to Walden-Parke Preserve, which encompasses more than 300 acres.

BDN reporter Nok-Noi Ricker contributed to this report.

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