Brookville Police Warn of Bear Sighting in Borough

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – The Brookville Borough Police Department is warning residents of a bear that was spotted at least three times on Wednesday, July 11, in the borough that has also been spotted numerous times over the past couple of weeks.

(Photo courtesy of Brookville Police Department)

According to Officer Stormer, of the Brookville Borough Police Department, the bear was photographed in the Franklin Avenue area of the borough on Wednesday and was also seen in the Litch Field area as well as the South Pickering and South White Street areas.

Stormer said residents might want to bring in their bird feeders and watch where they put their garbage until the bear passes through. The Department’s Facebook page also said residents should be extra careful when letting their children and/or pets outside.

“We have learned from the game commission that taking away the food sources is a big way to combat nuisance animals like bears,” Stormer said. “When the food sources go away and a week goes by, they go looking for other food.”

Stormer said there are some things residents should do if they see the bear.

“The old saying is they are more afraid of us than we are of them,” Stormer said. “Don’t try to approach it. Make loud noises to make the bear aware of your presence. Let nature take its course. You don’t want to trap it or make it afraid. Loud noises and command noises usually make bears run away.”

Stormer also said that if the bear is aggressive or is damaging property or livestock or other animals, people should call the Pennsylvania Game Commission at 814-432-3187 or call 9-1-1.


The Pennsylvania Game Commission gives the following recommendations if you come across a bear.

Bear attacks are extremely rare, especially considering how often people encounter them. In most cases, a bear will detect you first and leave the area long before you’ll ever see it. However, if you do meet a bear before it’s had time to leave, here are some suggestions. Every bear encounter is different.

Alert the bear — If you see a bear, make some noise to alert the bear of your presence, giving it ample time and space to turn and leave. Avoid being caught up in the excitement of seeing a bear and inadvertently letting the bear get too close before surprising it.

Get back — If you have a close encounter, back away slowly while facing the bear so you always know where the bear is and how its reacting. Wild bears rarely attack people. Slowly backing away diffuses the situation and gives the bear room to flee.

Stay calm — encountering a bear can be startling, but try to remain calm. While moving away, avoid sudden movements and talk to help the bear keep track of your retreat. Don’t turn and run or attempt to climb a tree. Running may prompt the bear to give chase, and climbing a tree could be interpreted as a threat to any cubs that are present since cubs often climb trees when startled. Move toward your camper, house or vehicle if nearby.

Pay attention — Bears will use all of their senses to figure out what you are. If they recognize you as a person, some may stand upright or move closer in their efforts to detect odors in the air currents. Don’t consider this a sign of aggression. Once a bear identifies you, it will usually leave. If it begins to slowly approach you, face the bear, wave your arms wildly and shout while continuing to back away. The idea is to intimidate the bear into retreating. Swing a stick, your backpack or whatever is handy if the bear gets close.

If suddenly surprised, some bears may feel threatened and give warning signs that they are uncomfortable. They may clack their jaws together or sway their head; those are signs for you to leave. Some bears have been known to charge to within a few feet when threatened. If this occurs, wave your arms wildly and shout at the bear.

Fight back — Black bear attacks are extremely rare. If a black bear attacks, fight back. Bears have been driven away when people have fought back with rocks, sticks, binoculars, and even their bare hands.

For more information on living in bear country, check out the PA Game Commission website’s bear page.

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