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Damascus Bear at Oak Ridge Park
Credit: Montgomery County Police

Black Bear Spotted Near Oak Ridge Park

Authorities in Montgomery County are cautioning residents after multiple reports of a black bear near Oak Ridge Park.



Bear Sightings In Central Maryland Have Raised Bear-Human Awareness

Over the past half century, a growing black bear population has forced some young males out of western Maryland, with sightings in Baltimore, Howard and Montgomery Counties.


box turtle

New Virus Is Killing Maryland Box Turtles

Biologists say it’s a terrible way to die and it’s killing box turtles here in Maryland.