Another bear on the loose in the Triangle

Viewer Chris Blair, who was mowing grass, snapped this photo of a black bear in a wooded area of south Raleigh Thursday.

May 19, 2011 10:15:20 AM PDT
Another black bear was spotted roaming around not far from downtown Raleigh Thursday morning.Chris Blair told ABC11 that he was mowing grass in a wooded area near South Saunders Street and Carolina Pine Avenue when he snapped photos of the black bear.

"I work for Fairway Outdoor Advertising and we have a billboard down the bottom, so we were cutting the grass up to the sign and I just so happened to see it," Blair said. "I thought it was a dog at first in the bushes, then it came out on the path and I noticed it was a black bear."

Animal Control says it is most likely not the same black bear spotted roaming around Garner near Vandora Springs Elementary School and Garner High School Wednesday. They say black bears usually only travel about a mile a day and the animals appear to be different sizes.

"They said it's not the same bear, it's a totally different bear, because its bigger than the one in Garner," Blair said. "They're saying probably about 350 pounds."

Though it was the first time Blair spotted a bear while working, he says he wasn't scared and even grabbed his co-workers back at the truck to take a look.

"Then we found it was down, it was bedded down eating some wild strawberries," he said. "We sat there for probably 30 minutes just watching it then finally it got up and walked down the path."

Two officers with Raleigh Animal Control observed the bear and left it alone since it headed back into the woods. Officials say mating season is the reason the bears are so active. Animal control says if you see a bear leave it alone and call the authorities.

"They told everybody don't be scared of it as long as you don't mess with it, it's not going to mess with you," Blair said.

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