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Black Bear Spotted Near Route 412

A black bear was reportedly spotted near the intersection of Polk Valley Road and Route 412.

Black bear (Patch FILE PHOTO)
Black bear (Patch FILE PHOTO)
A Lower Saucon Township resident reported seeing a black bear on his property near the intersection of Route 412 and Polk Valley Road Monday morning.

The resident said in an email that the bear "wasn't a cub, but it wasn't a monster one either...maybe a juvenile."

"He/she was moving quickly and heading towards the (Hellertown) diner through the yards for the few seconds that I saw him or her," he added.

The man said he tried to snap a photo of the bear, but the by the time he had run outside with his phone it had already disappeared.
Faith Cox Renna July 01, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Whoa, last night while sitting at my desk next to an open window I kept hearing a noise that sounded like a bear. I went out to check using a flashlight to see, while not seeing an animal that would make the sound I heard, I saw a couple of deer running as though they were spooked. Now I know I was right - It Was A Bear.
Lower Saucon Guy July 01, 2013 at 02:14 PM
There's actually been quite a few bear sightings lately. I saw one on Silver Creek road two weeks ago and one was seen that night on Polk Valley Road near the old scout lodge. The next morning, one was seen sitting in the power line near Burgy's store on Wassergass road. They weren't reported because we don't want people trying to shoot at them and mess with them. If you let them alone, they won't bother anyone unless they have a cub with them. I'm sure there's more than one bear in these parts. Don't feed them and don't mess with them and you'll be ok.
DM July 01, 2013 at 02:51 PM
That should have been reported so they can be removed and put in a less populated area. More chances of it getting shot being here than in the wilderness!
Lower Saucon Brother July 01, 2013 at 03:10 PM
DM, there is a regular hunting season for bear in this area as in the rest of the state. Unless this bear becomes a nuisance , just let him alone.
g e holum July 01, 2013 at 07:57 PM
My wife may have seen the same bear this morniing at about 9:15 or so off the Saucon rail trial just between Meadows rd and the Wagner Dam bridge tressel.. be careful. She thought it may me twice the size of our 80lb dog
Lower Saucon Brother July 01, 2013 at 09:19 PM
They're more afraid of you than you are of them
Michelle Turck Orr July 01, 2013 at 09:37 PM
That might be the same bear we believe was on our property sometime this weekend. We live on Lower Saucon Rd. near Buttermilk.
g e holum July 01, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Hey Brother ...don't know if you could convince me of that, the bear seemed to take its jolly own time while she did not.
VoicesCarry July 02, 2013 at 08:53 AM
Last fall while on the rail trail- around the meadows road section - I saw out of the corner of my eye what could have been a bear. It was running towards the trail pretty fast on someones property but slightly behind me so I didn't get a good look which is why I didn't report it. Now with all these sightings I'm almost certain it was a small bear.
g e holum July 02, 2013 at 09:48 AM
stinkarella, That is the kind of thing that s/b put up on the SRT site and/or facebook since we have many children on the trail that can not run as fast as you....besides of course reporting it to the local PD
Lydia m July 02, 2013 at 02:54 PM
No need to worry guys. I'm sure the bear was just passing through. It is the start of peak mating season for black bears. Generally July and August will be the most active time for the bears. Solitary bears can either be a male or female looking for a mate or a yearling looking for new territory. After about a year and a half the mother bear will scare its cub(s) off. They will then look to find an area of their own to continue the facts of life. A female bear's home range is about 1-5 sq miles and a male has about 8-13 sq miles. If you see a bear do not run, as they can pick up to speeds of about 35mph. Also, do not climb a tree because thats where they will go when they are scared. Simply stand your ground, do not make eye contact, make yourself as big and as loud as possible. If you find yourself within the sight of a mom and her cubs back away slowly. If you are still concerned about your kids or yourself on the trail get a bell, sing a song, make any kind if noise and they will stay far away from you. Above all do not feed any bears! We can easily live conversely with black bears without moving or shooting them. Hope that alleviated some concerns.
Vida Frankenfield July 02, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Someone, please keep an eye on the sightings of bears, there are alot of kids playing outside and an accident could take place if these bears get too interested in humans. It is not an every day occurance to see black bears in the area, from a distance they can easily be mistaken for a large dog. I personally think they are adorable, but would not want to see one eye to eye, and would not want my little girl to either.

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