A young male black bear in search of mating territory wandered across southern Washington County, where he found living conditions unwelcoming Sunday.

State Game Commission Warden Adam Traynor said it was likely the same bear that was seen by many people and that he probably traveled to the Washington area after his mother kicked him out of the family in Fayette County.

“Washington County was not too hospitable,” Traynor said Monday.

Meanwhile, Monessen police said a black bear was seen Saturday in several areas of the Westmoreland County city. The Game Commission advised people to ignore the animal and it would return to the woods.

“As long as people leave them alone they will clear out,” Traynor said, adding that Washington County is too populated to make a good bear den.

“Don’t leave food out,” he said.

Linda Reese of South Strabane Township said she was sitting on her back deck working a crossword puzzle when she noticed something black moving in the foliage.

“I knew it was a black bear,” said Reese, who lives on Crest Avenue.

She said she went indoors, grabbed her camera and took photos of the bear before it headed toward Driscoll Park off Locust Avenue.

Reese said she, too, called the Game Commission and was told the bears “were on the move.”

“It’s spring. The young males are getting booted,” she said.

Traynor said people were following the bear around in Washington County.

“The bear population is healthy,” he said.

Staff Writer

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley.

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