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Another Black Bear Sighting In Bucks County

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By Syma Chowdhry

BENSALEM, Pa. (CBS) – A Bucks County community is on high alert Sunday as there has been yet another black bear sighting, this time in Croydon.

The bear has come frighteningly close to homes, but has yet to be to be captured.

Some eyewitnesses have even caught the bear on camera. Anthony took out his camera and shot video in the early morning when he says something unusual caught his eye.

“It was pretty crazy,” he said. “I didn’t believe it. I thought I was just overtired. A big bear crossing the road like it was in the mountains just sitting near Croydon. I called 911 and I chased it around Croydon for a couple of minutes until the cops got here.”

The bear was spotted in a neighborhood on Lincoln Avenue. When police arrived the bear escaped to the woods nearby.

“I think we need more nature,” Anthony said. “That’s why we’re all scared of it.”

There have been several other bear sightings in Bucks County. Saturday afternoon, a bear was spotted behind a church and a short while later it was seen across the streets in a cemetery.

“That’s the first time I’ve ever heard of a bear being in Bensalem Township,” State Representative Gene DiGirolamo said.

DiGirolamo says the bear sightings are the talk of the town:

“A lot of woods right in back of the church there and there’s a soccer field. I guess it would be pretty easy for it to get from the church over to the cemetery and the cemetery there’s about 300 or 400 acres with a lot of woods in there.”

Most folks who spoke to Eyewitness News say it’s not every day they see a bear in their area, which is why they are treading carefully.

“You just spot it once or twice every year or so. I don’t think it’s anything damaging, just don’t go near it,” Bensalem resident Bill Pancoast said.

Avoiding the bear makes the situation more bearable.

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