A Black Bear was sighted in Lithia Park this morning near the Bandshell restrooms.
IF YOU ENCOUNTER A BEAR
Black bear attacks are uncommon. In most cases, a bear will avoid human contact. It is never safe to approach a bear.
- Give any bear you encounter a way to escape. Step off the trail and slowly walk away.
- If you see bear cubs, steer clear and leave the area.
- If you encounter a bear, stay calm. Do not run or make sudden movements. Back away slowly as you face the bear.
- Avoid direct eye contact with the bear.
- If a bear stands on its hind legs, it is trying to detect scents, not necessarily behaving aggressively.
- In the unlikely event you are attacked, fight back. Shout, be aggressive; use rocks, sticks, and hands to fend off an attack.
UPDATE, 3:00 p.m., February 20: The black bear sighted this morning in Lithia Park has moved its way down to the Community Center near the entrance to Lithia Park.
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