By Jim Melwert


BRYN MAWR (CBS) — An elementary school was locked-down after a bear was spotted in Radnor Township Tuesday morning, and a Radnor Township police lieutenant got a closer look at the bear than he might have liked.

The bear was spotted in a wooded area between a neighborhood and Ithan Elementary School.

In what’s described as “an abundance of caution,” the school was put into a lock-down – children were kept inside as Radnor Township police and the game commission looked for the bear.

They were about to give the all-clear when lieutenant Chris Flanagan, on a motorcycle, saw movement in some bushes.

“The next thing I know he popped up and he was moving, I mean he was probably doing – he was moving at a high rate of speed, I can tell you that,” said Flanagan.

A shot captured of the bear wandering in a field of grass on Tuesday. (credit: Ratner System)

A shot captured of the bear wandering in a field of grass on Tuesday.
(credit: Ratner System)

Flanagan says bear ran parallel to him, about 15 yards away. He shut off the motorcycle, and jogged back up the hill.

He says if anyone spots the bear, stay away, don’t provoke it and call 9-1-1.

Ithan Elementary and Notre Dame Academy will both be opened tomorrow with extra police around. Flanagan says they think the bear is a juvenile, likely just passing through.