Hibernation's Over: Bears Are Spotted In North Carolina Cities

4:18 PM, May 19, 2011   |    comments
Courtesy: Citizen-Times --(Rey Castillo)
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Raleigh, NC -- Does a bear stick to the woods? Not in North Carolina.

Black bears were spotted in Raleigh, Charlotte and the Raleigh suburb of Garner on Wednesday and Thursday. The Garner sighting prompted three schools to go on alert and has since spawned a Twitter account for the furry interloper.

There were two sightings in Raleigh on Thursday, and officials say it's not the suburban bear. In Charlotte, a black bear was spotted wandering near a business on the west side of town Wednesday.

While it's uncommon for bears to wander through densely populated cities, they're typically on the move this time of year.

Wildlife officials warn that while the animals may be cute, they're potentially dangerous. People spotting a bear should not approach it and should notify authorities.





The Associated Press

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