RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Early Wednesday morning, a motion-censored surveillance camera recorded movement from Laura Dozier’s home near House Creek Trail in Raleigh.
“Sometimes the leaves trigger it and different things,” Dozier said.
This time it wasn’t leaves. Instead, it was a little bear walking down their driveway.
“It scared me a little because we have young children, so it made me really nervous to think about them playing outside,” said Dozier.
She wasn’t home when the four-legged animal came through her property. The video showed the she-bear coming out from behind her house, down the driveway, and walking to the front door. It was startled by a car and ran back briefly before heading towards the street.
“I can’t believe there are bears here. It’s just not sensible. I wonder what the mother looks like. It’s just scary, ”said Peg Gjertsen. She usually walks her dog on the same trails in and around the neighborhood.
The area is covered with forests and paths that give the wildlife a lot free rein. These green spaces are embedded between the belt line, neighborhoods and commercial areas.
“This is snake season, so my eyes are super open, but I wasn’t thinking about bears,” said Gjertsen.
Dozier’s husband sat down with the children to explain what to do if they see one again.
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“My three-year-old likes to hunt squirrels and rabbits. I’m afraid they would try to pet the bear, ”said Dozier.
When you encounter a bear:
- Don’t run, just go back slowly
- Provide a clear escape route so that it is not cornered
- Make noise to scare it away from a safe distance
- If a bear becomes aggressive or approaches you, make yourself look taller
Dozier’s video was just one of the most recent sightings.
Cubs were spotted in North Hills just a few weeks ago. One was reported on Lead Mine Road. The other was reported at Macon Place a few days later.
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CBS 17 reached out to Raleigh Animal Control to ask if they had any plans for the animals and heard nothing.
“Definitely raises some questions as to whether it’s the same bear or group of bears, or if it’s the same,” Dozier said.
Meanwhile, neighbors are now hoping that the bears were just passing through.
“I don’t know how likely it is that this will happen again, hopefully unlikely,” said Dozier
At home, it is best to remove birdhouses when bears are active. Bearwise.org says that birdseed “rewards” bears when they come into your yard, increasing the likelihood that they will return. Also, avoid leaving out pet food.
Clean your grills and store them whenever possible to avoid any attraction to your yard. Avoid leaving out the trash. If this is not possible, secure rubbish and recyclables in a bear-safe warehouse.
When hiking or walking, Bearwise recommends making noise in thick blankets and keeping children nearby. If you have a dog with you, keep it on a leash.
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Do not let dogs chase or interact with bears. Bearwise says to retire with your dog and get out of the area.
When camping, do not store food in your tent or cook within 100 meters of your tent. Bearwise also recommends avoiding sleeping near what you have worn while cooking.