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Bear sighted in southwest Ohio neighborhood

MONTGOMERY, Ohio (AP) — Ohio wildlife officials are warning people to stay away from a wild bear that has been spotted this week in a suburban area of southwest Ohio.

The young black bear was last seen wandering around a subdivision in the Cincinnati suburb of Montgomery. The bear is believed to be 2 or 3 years old and weighs about 85 pounds. Officials believe it swam across the Ohio River from Kentucky and was first seen earlier this week.

Officials are telling The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) that Montgomery residents need to keep pets and children indoors and not approach the bear.

Officials don't plan to intervene unless the bear climbs into a tree or otherwise gets cornered somewhere. They called off a search Wednesday after trying to force the animal to rural areas.

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