Black bear roams Youngstown's North Side


Youngstown police, Youngstown State University police, representatives of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources continue their search for a black bear seen wandering in the Wick Park area and at St. Elizabeth Health Center's North Side campus this morning and afternoon.

Reports of the bear sighting came in around 9 this morning when it was seen on Wick Avenue.

A Youngstown city police officer confirmed that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources had been informed of the situation, and they continue to track it's progress, according to 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator's broadcast partner.

Doctors and others at the Humility of Mary Health Partners hospital watched as the bear climbed a tree on the medical campus.

Scanner traffic said the bear has moved into the area near Belmont and Park Avenue. Officers have blocked off an area near there in attempt to contain the bear.

Youngstown State University issued an alert stating that a bear has been sited in the Wick Park area as well as Wick Avenue, Fifth and Madison Avenue, and advised residents to be cautious and stay indoors.

Watch for updates on this breaking news story and read the full story Monday in The Vindicator.

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