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Black bear makes way through downtown Frederick

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FREDERICK, Md. -

There has been another bear sighting in the heart of a city. A young black bear made its way through downtown Frederick Wednesday morning.

Part of his mad dash was caught by surveillance cameras mounted in the front and back of Brandon Bane's house on West All Saints Street.

The video shows the 18-month-old black bear dashing across the street and then rounding the corner in Bane's back yard. It left claw marks in several spots across Bane's fence.

The video also shows a city police car and a woman walking her dog just a few moments before the bear darts crosses the street.

Bane says it was a shocking and frightening scene.

"It could have been worse, I guess,” he says. “No one got hurt.”

Bane says he and his fiancée were asleep when the bear jumped into their backyard early Wednesday morning. He says he was awakened by authorities who had surrounded a tree the bear had climbed.

Officers with Maryland's Department of Natural Resources tranquilized the bear and then released it at the Frederick City Watershed.

They say this is the time of year when young bears leave their mothers and start to explore. They can sometimes travel up to 100 miles away.

Sightings in populated areas around the region are up. The Frederick city sighting is the fourth in the area in just two weeks.

Officials say black bears are generally not aggressive, but they say stay away and call authorities if one is spotted.


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