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Rockville police are keeping an eye out for a bear seen in a local neighborhood Friday, and think it may be the same bear spotted several times in the city in recent months.

Police received two reports of a black bear in the 700 block of Owens Street and Woodley Gardens Park on Friday, according to a city news release.

They said they think it may be the same bear spotted several times in Rockville Town Center and the Montrose Parkway area since mid-June.

The bear appears to be a juvenile that weighs from 100 to 150 pounds.

Police said they don’t think the bear is a threat to residents and will continue to watch the area where the sightings have been reported.

On June 19, a young male black bear drew a swarm of media attention when it climbed a tree at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda.

It spent several hours perched in the tree before officials used noisemakers to scare it down. It was ultimately tranquilized and taken to the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Poolesville.

There are more than 1,000 adult black bears in Maryland, according to the state’s Department of Natural Resources.

They mainly live in the western parts of the state, but regularly make their way into other areas as well. Often, these younger bears have been kicked out of their home territory by their mothers, who are preparing to have another cub.

rmarshall@gazette.net