SPRINGFIELD, Pa. (CBS) — There was another sighting of a black bear that remains on the loose in Delaware County. Police say it was spotted on Kennerly Road in Springfield overnight.
Residents in Springfield are on edge Monday night as the search continues for a bear that is making its way through backyards. It’s become the talk of the town.
“Around 6 o’clock, my husband, I hear, ‘Oh my gosh, I think the bear’s in our backyard!'” Lauren DePaul said.
It’s not common to see bears in residential developments, but early Monday morning the bear was captured on the DePauls’ surveillance camera in their Springfield home’s backyard on Kennerly Road.
“He climbed the back fence, came over and was hanging out by the pool, walked around and then I just re-see him at the gate where it caught him on the cameras,” said Joe DePaul.
Lucky for him, he works at a security company and was alerted of the fuzzy intruder in their backyard later that morning.
“It’s called a line-cross detection and that’s when I noticed the bear. If I didn’t have that on, I probably wouldn’t have even known he was back there,” DePaul said.
Not only do the DePauls know the bear was back there but so do the Aston Police Department and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Lauren DePaul says people in the community are nervous.
“The bear may be just as scared of us as we are of it. But with children and school in and out, yeah I think the community might be a little bit more on edge,” she said.
As the search for the bear continues, the DePauls are hopeful it’ll be captured safely.
“The quicker it gets caught the more comfortable people will feel,” Lauren DePaul said.
Authorities have nicknamed the bear “Delco.”
Police are warning residents not to approach the bear. If you do spot it, just call 911.
Click here for information on what to do if you come in contact with a bear.