Game Commission sets bear traps in Wilkes-Barre Township, Hanover Township

By Dan Stokes - [email protected]

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Due to a rash of recent bear sightings, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has set two traps in Wilkes-Barre Township and Hanover Township, authorities report.

The Game Commission is advising residents not to feed, chase or follow any black bears if they encounter one.

In addition, it’s important for citizens to keep their garbage cans inside and not placed curbside until the morning trash is collected. And when garbage cans are placed outside, they should always be covered with lids.

Police also advised: “There is no need to call 9-1-1 to report a mere bear sighting unless the bear is being aggressive or there is an immediate threat to human safety.”

The Game Commission says only black bears live in Pennsylvania. A 2015 estimate showed approximately 20,000 living across the state.

Adults usually weigh around 200 pounds, but some males can weigh up to 600 or more.

By Dan Stokes

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Reach Dan Stokes at 570-991-6389 or on Twitter @ByDanStokes

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