A black bear was spotted in Burtonsville in multiple areas including a photo that was taken by Keaton Stavely on McKnew Rd, off of Rt.198, on Tuesday morning. Many Burtonsville residents stated they also saw the bear in different areas.
Last month there were multiple bear sightings in Chevy Chase, Kensington, and Rockville, with one bear that was trapped and relocated by the Rockville City Police Department and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on May 8th.
In Maryland, Black bears are located primarily in Garrett, Allegany, Washington, and Fredrick counties, but will occasionally venture further south into Montgomery County and other areas. Populations are highest in Garrett and Allegany counties, with bear numbers rising in the remaining areas. In the spring, black bears are often sighted in other areas of the state. Per Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources: Black bears are stocky animals with short, thick legs and glossy black or brownish coats. Occasionally, black bears can also be cinnamon or blond in color and can contain patches of white. Black bears are the smallest North American bears, ranging from 5-6 feet long from muzzle to tail. A black bear’s tail is short- averaging 3-5 inches in length. Males and females are generally similar in appearance, but males often are a little larger. In general, sows (females) weigh from 110-250 pounds while boars (males) can weigh from 150 to 450 pounds.
Featured photo courtesy of Keaton Stavely