Black Bear Sighting Reported in Rockville Tuesday Morning, Police Say

A black bear was spotted in the Rockville area on Tuesday morning, according to the Rockville City Police Department. The bear was seen in Wootton Parkway and Tuckerman Lane at around 8:30 a.m.


Police Response

The police department responded to the area and advised residents to stay indoors and avoid contact with the bear. The department also contacted the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to assist.

Bear Safety Tips

The DNR provided the following tips for residents to stay safe in the event of a bear sighting:

  • Do not approach the bear.
  • Do not run from the bear.
  • Make yourself look bigger by waving your arms and making noise.
  • Back away slowly and do not turn your back on the bear.

Black Bear Population in Maryland

Black bears are native to Maryland and are typically found in the western part of the state. However, sightings in more populated areas, such as Rockville, are not uncommon. The DNR estimates that the state’s black bear population is around 2,500 bears.

Residents are reminded to be cautious and aware of their surroundings when in areas where black bears may be present. If you see a bear, do not approach it; contact local authorities immediately (source: NBC Washington).

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