ShareThis Page

Black bear takes morning stroll through Washington Township

| Thursday, July 25, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Submitted photo of a black bear in Washington Township. Photo by Greg Zborovancik. On Wednesday, July,24,2013.

Greg Zborovancik was on his way to work Wednesday morning on Perry Avenue in Washington Township when he saw a rare sight – a black bear crossing the road.

“It must be a welcome for me,” joked Zborovancik, who will be the principal of the newly named Belle Vernon Area Middle School at that site next month.

Zborovancik said he saw the bear about 7:30 a.m. The bear, which he estimated at 400 pounds, crossed from his right to left along the roadway.

Zborovancik stopped his car to allow the bear to pass and pointed out the animal to a motorist behind his car.

“When I stopped, it just looked at me and continued walking through the yards,” Zborovancik said of the bear.

At the entrance to the school, three young children had established a makeshift stand to sell popcorn and Kool-Aid.

The principal noted that the children might have come face to face with the bear if they had been at the stand.

“I didn't get out. I just watched from my car,” Zborovancik said. “It was just a beautiful site to see a bear.”

Zborovancik said it was ironic that he has never seen a bear in his many vacations in the mountains. The educator called Fayette County 911, which dispatched Washington Township police to the scene.

Police also received a report of a bear sighting in the Marion Villa area. One neighbor reported that flowers in his or her yard had been eaten.

The Wednesday sighting was the third in the region in recent weeks. On July 7, a bear reportedly was on the Yough River Trail, about a mile from Cedar Creek Park.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.