SILVER SPRING, Md. (FOX 5 DC) - A bear was spotted sprinting through Montgomery County on Tuesday.
Video captured the bear as it ran behind a building in Longmead, near the Aspen Hill and Silver Spring area of Montgomery County, at about 8:25 p.m.
Lisa Holland told FOX 5 she and her daughter were driving when they saw the bear and captured the video.
The Montgomery County Police Department told FOX 5 it received two calls reporting bear sightings. The first came in at about 7:45 p.m. on Homecrest Court and the second call came in at about 8:30 p.m. near the Argyle Country Club near Longmead Road and Layhill Road.
Officers responded to the areas but did not locate the bear.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources provided FOX 5 with bear safety tips. If you encounter a bear, follow these steps:
- If a person encounters a bear in their neighborhood, DNR recommends that you don't approach it and don't block its exit (always allow it to have an escape route).
- These young dispersing bears can typically be chased away pretty easily by making noise (yelling, banging pots, etc.). Note how the bear in the video was running to get away.
- Also, if a bear has been spotted in your neighborhood, we recommend you take any potential food sources away (e.g. bird feeders, trash, and pet food) so that the bear doesn't get an easy meal and decide to stick around for a while.