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Bear sighted in southwest Ohio neighborhood

MONTGOMERY, Ohio (AP) — Ohio wildlife officials are warning people to stay away from a wild bear that has been spotted this week in a suburban area of southwest Ohio.

The young black bear was last seen wandering around a subdivision in the Cincinnati suburb of Montgomery. The bear is believed to be 2 or 3 years old and weighs about 85 pounds. Officials believe it swam across the Ohio River from Kentucky and was first seen earlier this week.

Officials are telling The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/UPnkSW ) that Montgomery residents need to keep pets and children indoors and not approach the bear.

Officials don't plan to intervene unless the bear climbs into a tree or otherwise gets cornered somewhere. They called off a search Wednesday after trying to force the animal to rural areas.

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