More bears spotted in Triangle

Black Bear (file image, source: Wikimedia)

May 23, 2011 4:48:25 PM PDT
More Triangle residents are being caught off guard by bears roaming the area.On Monday, people in Chapel Hill spotted a black bear at the Finley Golf Course and then at the Botanical Gardens - where it then headed to US 15-501.

It is unclear if it was the same bear, but the Chapel Hill Police Department says the Wildlife Commission has told them not to chase the animal or attempt to capture it.

Instead, police were advised to monitor the bear and allow it to return to its natural habitat. According to the Chapel Hill Police Department the bear ended up in the Kings Mill area where it wandered back into the woods.

A bear was also spotted in Durham near The Streets at Southpoint on Fayetteville Road Monday.

The furry animals have been seen all across the Triangle recently.

On Saturday morning, a black bear was seen walking around the Wellington Park subdivision in Cary. Many kids in the neighborhood were kept inside for the day, though no sightings were reported in the afternoon.

It made for a third sighting in a week after bears popped up in Raleigh and caused three Garner schools to go on a brief lock down the day before.

Officials have said mating season is the reason the bears are so active. They say if you see a bear leave it alone and call the authorities.

Animal Control also says to avoid attracting the animals, pick-up and secure all trash, try not to feed pets outdoors or leave pet food outside and do not leave any food outside.

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