ANIMALS

Montgomery County bear spotted for third time this week

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A new neighbor showed up at Kathy Garner’s Gaithersburg home Thursday morning. A baby black bear.

Garner named him “Birdie” because at this point, he had eaten most of the seeds in the bird feeder.

The bear is about 2-years-old, 80 to 100 pounds and likely is a male.

It's the third time in three days that a black bear was spotted in Montgomery County.

The other sightings early in the morning both Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, the bear was spotted near Middlebrook and Frederick roads in Germantown. The next day, it was seen in Gaithersburg near Quince Orchard and Darnestown roads.

Maryland's Department of Natural Resources says that if you come across the bear and it's not acting aggressively, do not approach it. Rather, give it space and room to move away, don't feed it and make loud noises to scare it away.

In nearby Kentlands, it's the talk of the neighborhood. At the Star Diner, the manager, says there is lots of buzz about it.

"When we heard it here, we were a little on the excited side because we don't normally see that kind of activity here in the Kentlands," the manager says.

Kelly Mueller contributed to this report.

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