Hide your picnic baskets and honey pots. The NEOMED Police Department is warning that there have been several black bear sightings on campus.
The bear, who shall remain unnamed, was most recently spotted by the grounds crew and has also been seen around the retention pond and oil well drive.
Sergeant Shawn Parker encourages the NEOMED community to be AWARE:
- Act calm and do not run.
- Warn the bear that you are near, talk in a firm, calm voice.
- Allow space between you and the bear, back away slowly.
- Raise your hands above your head to appear larger if the bear approaches. Clap your hands to scare it away.
- Exit the area.
“Black bears are usually afraid of people and will avoid them when possible. As long as they do not feel threatened or trapped, and are given their space, they do not attack people or pets. If you see a bear, stay calm. Generally they will flee the area if people are present. If you encounter a bear and it is not aware of your presence, back away slowly,” says Sgt. Parker.
He also notes, “If the bear is aware of your presence, avoid eye contact, give the bear an easy escape route, and back slowly away. Bears are excellent runners (up to 35 mph), good swimmers, and they climb trees. Always avoid running or climbing a tree as this may trigger a chase.”
If you spot a bear on campus, please notify the NEOMED Police Department and the officers will report the sighting to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.