RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Raleigh Police Department asked residents to be on alert after officers were called to two bear sightings in the Shelley Lake Park area.
At around 9 a.m. on Monday, a black bear was spotted in the 500 block of Lead Mine Road. Officers saw the bear in a back yard before walking into the Elks Lodge field.
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The bear should look healthy and fearful and avoid people.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission has been made aware of the bear sighting.
Bear tracks were on a nearby stream.
On Thursday around 3:15 p.m., a black bear was spotted near Macon Place, just three kilometers south of the first sighting.
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The bear is said to have been in a backyard before blocking the street.
The officials reacted on the spot, but could not find the bear. The sighting was reported to North Carolina Wildlife.
Although no injuries were reported, the Raleigh police tweeted some safety tips about bear encounters – such as never running away from a bear.
If you see a bear in your yard, keep a safe distance and make loud noises to scare the bear off.
Remove attractants such as rubbish, birdseed, or food and look for the bear before letting your dog out.