Canfield police issued an alert Saturday morning that a large, black bear was spotted on North Briarcliff, Deer Trail Avenue and Glenview Road, and appeared to be heading east.
Shortly after noon, the bear was spotted on Lockwood Boulevard, near the Mill Creek Golf Course, in Boardman. The bear eventually went into the woods off of Glenwood Avenue.
Boardman police tracked the bear and said it was showing signs of aggression. Both Canfield and Boardman police departments warned residents to stay indoors.
Mahoning County Wildlife Officer Tom Frank told Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33 News, "Last night (Friday) around 8:40 p.m., he started out in Milton Township and traveled all through Canfield this morning and he is here now lying down, so quite a bit of distance.''
In Trumbull County, police were tracking a small black bear in Liberty Township. That bear was first spotted Saturday morning at 8 a.m. on Tanglewood Drive, near the same location where a black bear was found dead earlier this month.
In Champion, a bear was sighted Saturday morning on State Road, near Cranberry Hills Golf Course, according to 33 News and reports to the Tribune Chronicle.
According to recent state wildlife statistics, there were 224 black bear sightings in Ohio last year, with Trumbull County having the most confirmed sightings with 10.
When bears are sighted, residents should stay indoors, keep pets inside and remove any birdfeeders, according to Canfield police.