Meadville had an unexpected guest Saturday evening.
Meadville Police Department officers were called out at about 5:15 p.m. after a black bear was spotted on South Main Street. The bear was reportedly first observed in the parking lot of Second District Elementary School and then headed down an alleyway toward Arby’s on Park Avenue, according to Officer Greg Beveridge.
Moments later, police received a second call that the bear had been struck by a car on the French Creek Parkway and continued toward Tech Tool & Molded Plastics on French Street near Bicentennial Park.
“A woman sitting on a picnic table in Bicentennial Park saw it run by her toward French Creek, but wasn’t sure if he had crossed,” Beveridge said.
With the help of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Beveridge scoured the area for approximately an hour, but came up empty. “The Game Commission wanted to make sure he wasn’t injured and in need of help,” Beveridge said.
But Beveridge said they have no reason to believe the animal is injured and believe “he’s moved off to better land.”
Beveridge has been an officer with the Meadville department for 12 years and said there have been a couple other bear sightings in the city — but that it is uncommon.
“It’s not one of those things you are used to hearing,” he said.