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Learn about 'The Bear Truth' during Feb. 17 program in Twinsburg

Published: February 14, 2017 2:46 AM
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How does Ohio’s largest mammal catch fish without a fishing pole? With its bear hands, of course.

Visitors to Liberty Park in Twinsburg -– where there’s evidence of year-round bear activity –- may not get to hear more (bad) bear jokes, but they will learn “The Bear Truth” about our largest and furriest wildlife neighbor during a guided hike with a Summit Metro Parks naturalist, Friday, February 17 from 2 to 3:30 p.m., in the park’s Twinsburg Ledges Area (9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg). Following the hike, free hot cocoa will be available in the nature center, while supplies last. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Due to hunting and habitat loss, black bears were completely gone from Ohio by the 1850s. Today, the state’s permanent population is small, estimated at fewer than 100, and primarily located in the southeast.

Most bear sightings in Northeast Ohio occur in the spring; the result of juvenile males searching for a new home. However, bear tracks have been found in different seasons -– including winter -– in Liberty Park, a 3,000-acre tract in northeast Summit and northwest Portage counties.

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