In light of the recent black bear sightings in Montgomery County, it is important to become familiar with bear safety and be prepared in case a bear decides to stroll onto your back porch.
According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, if a bear approaches you, remain calm and act immediately to scare it away. Don't panic, don't shoot it and don't approach it.
Make as much noise as possible and back away slowly. If you can, go inside and wait for the bear to leave the property. If it snaps its jaws, slaps the ground or pretends to charge, go further away.
If a bear refuses to leave, leave the bear an escape route and continue to make loud noises to scare it away.
Often, bears will go away when they are no longer scared.
Kelly Mueller contributed to this report.