SPRINGFIELD – So far, the Delco Bear is staying one step ahead of the law.

Days after a black bear was first seen walking around Villanova, it continues to hide from authorities. Now, after a weekend of reports of sightings, it continues to stay in the shadows.

The bear has now been observed in several Delaware County communities. Many but not all the sightings were near Darby Creek.

Sunday night around 10, the bear was spotted on the 300 block of Broadway Avenue in Clifton Heights.

After that, a security camera photo released by Springfield police on Monday showed a bear in the area of Kennerly Road about two hours later.

According to police in Springfield, a security camera captured the image of the bear in a yard near a swimming pool.

Earlier in the day on Sunday, reports came out of Collingdale that the bear was seen in the cemetery near Bartram and Chestnut streets. Other sightings were also seen in neighboring Aldan Borough.

Many of the sightings have been on home security cameras or trail cameras.

The bear was first seen on a security camera at a home on the 700 block of Harrison Road in Villanova on Friday, Nov. 29.

Because of the ground the bear has covered since first being seen, officials now think there might be two.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission was contacted after the sighting in Villanova by Radnor police. Police were told the bear was likely moving through the area.

After Radnor, it was seen in Marple and Haverford townships. In Haverford, the bear was seen in the wooded area behind the Community Recreation and Environmental Center. In Marple, the bear was seen approaching a home on Cove Road.

The game commission has responded to many of the sightings but each time the bear has been gone before they arrive.

A few years ago when a bear was found running in Radnor, it was later captured in Ridley Creek State Park and relocated to another part of the state.

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