GAITHERSBURG, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Police in Gaithersburg say a bear has been spotted in a residential neighborhood for a third consecutive day.

A number of people reported seeing a bear walk down a street around 8:12 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Middlebrook Road and Frederick Road, authorities report. Montgomery County and Gaithersburg police responded and tried to locate the bear but couldn’t find it.

On Wednesday, authorities say a bear was spotted at Quince Orchard Road and Darnestown Road around 7:15 a.m.

A third bear sighting occurred shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday near Twelve Oaks Drive and Clopper Road.

The Department of Natural Resources says black bear sightings in suburban areas are not uncommon during the summer. Those sightings generally peak in late June and early July.

Officials say if residents do encounter a bear they should not attempt to approach or feed it. Instead, they should give it space and scare it away by making a loud noise.

Police officers are being told to give the bears space if they are not being aggressive.

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