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Update: Moon Township Bear Sighting Reported Monday Morning

A 300-pound bear is seen ambling through the Moon Plaza parking lot and later in the Mooncrest neighborhood and off Flaugherty Run Road.

Moon Police Chief Leo McCarthy called it "extremely unusual"—a 300- to 350-pound bear running through one of Moon Township's busiest shopping centers. 

Customers shopping at Moon Plaza spotted a black bear running through the Giant Eagle parking lot at 5:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. 

A resident also reported a bear sighting just after 9 a.m. Monday near Flaugherty Run Road. 

"It's not the first time (a bear has been seen in Moon), but this is my 37th year working for the township and we've had maybe three bear sightings in that time," McCarthy said. 

"I always thought they hibernated in the winter, but we had a warm spell," he said. 

The bear was seen Sunday running toward and was then spotted an hour later near the Mooncrest neighborhood off Old Thorn Run Road. 

McCarthy, who issued a SwiftReach Alert call to residents Sunday night, said the Pennsylvania Game Commission was contacted Sunday evening. 

"If they find the bear, they'll dart it," McCarthy said. "If it is endangering someone, then we'll kill it. But that typically doesn't happen." 

Dispatcher David Novak said residents are advised to call the Moon Police dispatch line at 412.262.5000 if they spot the bear. 

"(Bears) can travel 50 miles in a day," Novak said. "Just stay away from it. Don't get close to it. Don't try to feed it." 

Novak said the animal did not approach customers shopping in the plaza. 

"He kind of just passed through," he said. 

A manager at Giant Eagle in Moon declined to comment on the bear sighting.

Residents in Cranberry and Shaler townships reported a number of bear sightings in shopping areas late last year. 

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This post was first published at 7:20 p.m. Sunday.

 

Did you see the bear? Were you shopping in Moon Plaza? Tell us in the comments. 

Jenna Staul (Editor) January 21, 2013 at 12:38 AM
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Fred January 21, 2013 at 02:36 PM
about a week ago, while going to work near there in the am I thought i seen something in the woods it was black an just walking along, my first thoughts were it was a beer . I never said anything to anyone because they would not believe me, now this story happens ???? . I do live in the crescent/moon area
luca January 21, 2013 at 02:58 PM
This is nuts. Off all the wooded areas in Moon Township the bear ends up at Giant Eagle...
Poetic_Dutchess January 21, 2013 at 05:08 PM
May be more than one bear if one was spotted on Flagherty Run this morning
Poetic_Dutchess January 21, 2013 at 05:09 PM
I wish I could see the bear, and hope no one hurts it.
maureen January 23, 2013 at 02:40 AM
He was there for a chipped ham sandwich
Linda Bush January 23, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Growing up in Ewings Mill Heights in the '60s we would spend nearly every minute of daylight in the woods. It was not unusual to see a black bear. We were taught to stay away (especially if you saw cubs) and they would stay away from you. I am not surprised to hear with all the new construction in the area that one has been displaced from it's home. People, traffic, and buildings have probably frightened and confused it. Hoping it finds it's way home again.

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