Five bears hang out in a Linglestown tree


LINGLESTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – A mother black bear and four cubs made their way up a tree near the Linglestown Fire Company and appeared to be enjoying the view.

The bears grabbed the attention of nearby residents. A homeowner was shocked when she looked outside and saw the bears climbing a tree in her backyard.

“We just barricaded ourselves in, and we’ve been using the front door to go to work and stuff like that,” Ivette Matos said. 

The bears soon became the talk of the town as people came with cameras in hand, hoping to snap a picture.

“It’s kind of neat and different and a little bit scary in a way,” Linda Kurtz said.

Pennsylvania Game Commission spokesman Travis Lau says a mother bear is very protective of her cubs. People who encounter a bear should make themselves known.

“It’s important that the bear knows you are there because they don’t like to be taken by surprise, so a simple whistle or some words to get their attention will go along way,” Lau said.

The game commission was on the scene to control the crowd but did not tranquilize the bears. Lau says that’s because it’s currently archery bear season.

“Ordinarily, we will mark the bear if we tranquilize it, but the meat is essentially poisonous and can’t be consumed if the bear has been tranquilized,” Lau said.

The mama bear and cubs eventually made their way back to the woods after nearly five hours in the tree. 

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