Recently, Damascus area residents have reported multiple sightings of a black bear at locations in and around the Oak Ridge Park. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds residents that sightings in suburban areas are not uncommon this time of year. In early summer, young bears begin to find their territory.
The Montgomery County Police are cautioning residents not to approach or feed bears that they encounter. Furthermore, no one should ever corner a bear, but allow a bear a route of escape or a way out.
For more information or to report a bear sighting, contact DNR Wildlife & Heritage Service at 410-260-8540. After-hour non-emergency sightings, please leave a message; after-hour emergency, 410-260-8888. Residents may still call 9-1-1 if there is an immediate threat due to the bear’s behavior.
Please click on the following links to the Maryland State Department of Natural Resources and Montgomery County parks for more guidelines regarding bear encounters:
Residents are encouraged to follow the Maryland Department of Natural Resources on Twitter @accessDNR.
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police-Collision Reconstruction Unit continue to investigate a personal injury collision involving a motorcycle that occurred on Saturday, May 9; the collision is now fatal.
On May 9 at approximately 9:03 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Randolph Road and Bushey Drive for the report of a collision.
Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2005 Ford F-150 pickup truck was traveling south on Bushey Drive. A 2002 Yamaha motorcycle was traveling west on Randolph Road. The Ford F-150 attempted to cross Randolph Road and collided with the motorcycle in the intersection. The motorcycle driver, Thomas Steven Rose, age 59, of the 11300 block of Cloverhill Drive in Silver Spring, was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Rose succumbed to his injuries on May 23.
The driver of the pickup truck is identified as Mario Evert Carrasco Gonzales, age 43, of the 3900 block of Ilford Road in Silver Spring.
Detectives continue to investigate this collision. Anyone who witnessed this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620. Callers may remain anonymous.