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Black Bear Spotted in Damascus Park


There have been a number of reports about a black bear being seen in John Haines Neighborhood Park in Damascus on Wednesday, June 17.

The bear was seen in the park which is off Oak Drive near Kingstead Road in Damascus. Resident Michelle Brungard snapped a photo of the black bear in the park.

Candy Thompson, spokesperson for the Maryland Natural Resources Police said it was not unusual to see bears in Upcounty Montgomery County, especially at this time of year. “There are two in Poolesville and there has even been one in Bethesda earlier. This the time of year the bears are on the move, in late spring and early summer.”

Thompson explained that black bears produce offspring every two years, and mother bears who had given birth two years ago are urging their not two-year-olds to find their own range so she can reproduce again.

“Bears will be anywhere there is food,” said Thompson. “If people have their garbage outside or have food in bird feeders the bears will eat it. Once there is no food source the bear will move along.”

Thompson said the black bears have been spotted in 14 of 23 Maryland counties.

Photo by Michelle Brungard.