The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced on Tuesday that it received 224 reports of black bear signings in 2012.
The sightings reported from an estimated 93 black bears. Sixty-five of the sightings were confirmed by ODNR Division of Wildlife personnel.
The number of sightings increased from 2011, which saw 152 reports.
Twenty-one counties, including Portage County, Trumbull County and Ashtabula County had confirmed sightings.
According to ODNR, the black bear is native to Ohio and is on the state's endangered species list. All black bears in Ohio are protected by state law.
The animals are usually fearful of people and do not attack or kill children or pets as long as they are given space and are not cornered.
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