Bear makes its way south-- now reportedly spotted in Upper Saucon

Earlier bear seen roaming through south Allentown neighborhood

Author: , Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published: Jul 05 2013 12:47:01 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 06 2013 08:17:43 AM EDT
Bear sighted in south Allentown.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

A bear that caused a lot of excitement in one south Allentown neighborhood Friday morning may now be roaming a few miles further south in Upper Saucon Township.

Communications officials say they've received numerous reports of a bear on Oakhurst Road near Interstate 78 in Upper Saucon Township, Lehigh County.  This is not far from the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley.

There is no word if its the same bear spotted Friday morning but this new location is a few miles south of where the bear, believed to be a 1-year-old male, was seen in Allentown.

One Allentown woman had an especially close encounter with the animal.

Elfakeny Gonzalez says she went back in the house after she opened the door and saw a bear in her back yard on South Albert Street in Allentown.

"I've seen deer, last year we saw a fox," said Gonzalez. "I've seen squirrels in the house and things like that but I never thought I was going to see a bear to be honest with you.”

That was around 11:00 am Friday.

Gonzalez called 911 and then news of the bear sighting started to spread around the south Allentown neighborhood.

“When I called my daughter about it, she said cops were all over there telling everybody to stay in the house," added Bryn Strohl, a worker at St. Mark's cemetery.

The bear took off running from the back yard and went down South Albert Street.

Police and animal control searched the neighborhood for the bear.

“The bear made its way into a wooded area," said Travis Lau, spokesperson for the PA Game Commission. "Once it got into that wooded area, we made a decision there, rather to go in after it and run the risk of pushing it to an inhabited area that we would leave it in there.”

The Pennsylvania Game Commission says the bear is a one year old male and weighs around 200 pounds.

“They will be with their mothers the entire first year of their life and through that first year," added Lau. "This time of the year their mothers will send them off to find their own home ranges."