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Black bear takes morning stroll through Washington Township

Submitted photo of a black bear in Washington Township. Photo by Greg Zborovancik. On Wednesday, July,24,2013.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

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.

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