More bear sightings in Orange County

Black Bear (file image, source: Wikimedia)
June 27, 2013 3:03:02 PM PDT
Officials in Orange County are on alert after several bear sighting have been reported in Carrboro and Chapel Hill.

The Carrboro Police Department has responded to three reports of bear sightings in the last two days.

The most recent one was spotted on Smith Level Road near BPW Club Road.

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On Wednesday, two other sightings were reported in Carrboro near Pine and Oak streets and near Oak and E. Poplar avenues.

Someone also spotted a bear in Chapel Hill Wednesday morning near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eubanks Road.

Experts think that it's probably the same bear that showed in Chris Marthinson's yard.

Marthinson, like many of his neighbors, was startled by a bear in an urban neighborhood, but he thinks the close encounter may have been a once in a lifetime event and pretty cool.

"When I saw him run by the door I jumped up because we have chickens and I was worried about the birds, and I walked through our house which is only about 25 feet wide and out the back door and I never saw him," said Marthinson. "I think he was long gone because then we stayed inside but carefully looked to make sure there were no wild animals outside, but I didn't see anything after that.  So I think he blazed through here and was gone. "

Wildlife officials say it's not uncommon to see bears. However, they warn people to stay away from the bears, not to feed them and secure their trash in an effort to avoid interacting with the animals.

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