Couple encounters black bear in Red Stone Township

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RED STONE TOWNSHIP, Pa. - On Tuesday, a couple told Channel 11’s Joe Holden about a bear encounter.

Megan and Eric Shumar were driving National Pike in Red Stone Township when they said they were stopped in their tracks by something that looked like a big, black dog.

“It turned around at me, and I saw its big head.  It was outrageous.  I couldn’t believe it,” said Eric Shumar.

The Shumars said a couple hundred pound bear was trotting across the roadway.

The couple pulled over to get a closer look.

“I stayed in the truck.  It let me take a picture.  I was surprised he let me take a picture,” said Megan Shumar.

Eric Shumar said he followed the bear around a house and into a cemetery, something wildlife experts recommend you not do.

“He didn’t seem mean.  He was just a friendly bear,” Eric Shumar said.

Wildlife experts said bear sightings are not unusual this time of year.  Local police said a den is in that area.