BEDFORD HEIGHTS, Ohio - It's back -- the black bear that caused such a stir Tuesday was found in the city of Bedford Heights Wednesday morning, police say.
Bedford Heights police said the bear was first spotted in the area of Aurora and Richmond roads by Solon city workers who heard something in the bushes. Police arrived at the scene around 9 a.m.
A NewsChannel5 crew saw bear sitting on a front porch of a home on Valley Lane and Richmond. When cops arrived, they saw it run across Richmond and into the woods.
Bedford Heights police surrounded the area, one officer carrying a large stick.
Between 9:45 a.m. and 10 a.m., police called off the search and cleared the area.
A woman who works at Allen Graphics, a building behind railroad tracks by Richmond, said she saw the bear, it stared at her and then walked away.
Police ask any residents who spot the bear to leave it alone, do not make an attempt to approach it and contact authorities immediately.
The bear's trip through Bedford started Monday night when it was first spotted -- but the chase picked up again at about 9 a.m. Tuesday, when the bear was sighted in a tree on Rockside Road near the Rockside Park Tower Apartments.
Emergency officials blocked off the area, and told residents to stay away. They then tried to get the bear down to take it out of the suburban setting -- but the bear wanted to stay up in the tree. At about 11:45, crews sprayed the bear with water from a fire truck hose, but the bear didn't budge.
At about 2:35 p.m., after crews tried to set up a trap to catch the bear, it made its way to the ground and took off running. Crews chased it, but could not catch it.
At about the same time, thunderstorms moved through the area, making the search that much more difficult -- and putting the odds of escape in the bear's favor.
Police had said earlier they did not plan to tranquilize the bear, which was estimated at about 5-feet tall and 130 to 150 pounds, because it can cover three miles in 10 minutes.
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