Wildlife Officials: Black Bears Likely Searching For Food

3:56 PM, May 23, 2011   |    comments
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Raleigh, NC -- Wildlife officials say black bears seen in the Carolinas recently are likely just looking for food or a home.

On Monday, a bear was killed by a car in Oconee County, S.C., and one was spotted on the third hole of the University of North Carolina's Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill.

Over the weekend, a black bear cub was spotted in Greensboro in the area of New Garden Road and Battleground Avenue. 

One witness, Bryan Cleveland, said he saw the bear run across his front yard, climb a tree, then climbed back down, run across his backyard and climb over his fence into his neighbor's backyard.

Last week, there were several sightings reported in both Carolinas including one animal killed by a car near Charlotte.

South Carolina Natural Resources Department bear biologist Richard Morton says bears' natural food sources haven't yet matured and the animals, fresh from hibernation, are hungry. Officials recommend removing outdoor food sources to avoid attracting bears.

North Carolina biologist Greg Batts says recent sightings in and around Raleigh may have been a single juvenile bear looking for a home.

SLIDESHOW: GREENSBORO BLACK BEAR (Courtesy: WFMY News 2 Viewer David Schucker)





















Associated Press

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