Black bear roams near downtown Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Wildlife officials are hopeful a young black bear that took a Mother's Day stroll near downtown Youngstown is back in the woods.

The Vindicator (http://bit.ly/1sE7So8 ) reports that employees at a hospital just north of downtown spotted the bear around 9 a.m. Sunday. Youngstown police notified the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which sent rangers to coax the bear out of town.

Youngstown State University Police sent out an alert telling people to stay indoors.

A state wildlife technician said Monday that rangers harassed the bear to move along and that it was last spotted in a tree near some railroad tracks Sunday night.

Wildlife officers estimated its weight at between 115 and 145 pounds. Officers think it's a young male forced away by its mother.

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Information from: The Vindicator, http://www.vindy.com

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