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Black Bear On The Loose In Fairmount Park

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s a rare, furry visitor in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park.

A fisherman down stream from Valley Green Inn was shocked to see a black bear lumbering through the woods.

Maura McCarthy, Executive Director of Friends of the Wissahicon says it’s not an everyday site and this is a good size animal.

(credit: Friends of the Wissahickon)

(credit: Friends of the Wissahickon)

“Bigger than a person is what the fisherman told me, so it looks like it’s either fully mature or almost mature, we’re not sure of the sex whether it’s male or female, we know that it’s probably pursuing food pretty far outside of its food range, but beyond that we don’t know where it’s from.”

She says bears can be found in this part of the commonwealth, but adds it’s highly unusual for one to be found wandering within city limits.

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