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Black bear roams Youngstown's North Side

Originally Published: 04:26 p.m., May 11, 2014 and  Updated 04:26 p.m., May 11, 2014

North Side residents urged to stay indoors


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


1Knightcap(699 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Better watch roaming around that area. Might get taken out by a crossbow.

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2TheLostPatrol(756 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Great idea to supplement the canine unit for YPD with a bear unit. Maybe I'll venture down that way again to enjoy Wick Park.

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3bunkpatrol(87 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Thanks Obama.

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4eevo(51 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

I hate black bears! Too bad global warming has killed off the Polar bears, I would like to see one in Wick Park. It is a WAR ON POLAR BEARS from the left wingers. Waiting for all the Dumocrats to play the race card on me.

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5prodgodq(150 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Probably not a good idea to shoot a black bear with a crossbow, it would only make him mad.

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6RoddAC(89 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

I see Earl with the crossbow is getting to be quite well know. Too bad the bear didn't get Earl in my humble opinion. The bear was in my yard with the remaining Golden retrievers, not an incident at all. They barked, at him, he casually left the yard and went down Ohio Avenue. Cute little guy.

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7daar2055(54 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Maybe Mayor McNally should swear him in as a patrol officer for YPD. He can patrol the North, South, East and West sides. It would keep drug dealers off the streets and other crime. Got to get him a bullet proof vest. Ijs

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