ASHTABULA CO., OH (WCMH)–The Ohio Division of Wildlife says it has received historic footage of a mother black bear and her cubs in Ashtabula County.
It is the first “clear photographic evidence” of a black bear sow and children in Ohio.
The Division says a woman named Colleen Porfillio and her daughter Jenna saw the bears safely crossing the roadway earlier in October.
Wildlife biologists have logged some reported sightings of female black bears with their cubs, but have never had high-quality pictures or videos until now.
Scott Peters, wildlife management supervisor for northeast Ohio, says black bear sightings are becoming more common in the region, especially sightings of young males.
Whether or not the sow gave birth to the cubs here in Ohio we’ll never know since the sighting was only a few miles from the Pennsylvania border. Nevertheless, it’s exciting to know they’re spending time in the Buckeye State,” he was quoted as saying on the ODW Facebook page.