Greensboro Bear Sighting Puts Canterbury School On Alert

10:07 AM, May 26, 2011   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- A bear was spotted Thursday morning near Lake Jeanette Road, putting the staff at Canterbury School on alert.

Penny Summers, Canterbury's Assistant Head of School, said they were told the bear was spotted at the corner of Lake Jeanette Road and North Elm Street. That's less than a quarter of a mile from the school's campus.

She said the school isn't locked down, but they are on alert.

Teachers were notified to be extra vigilant when taking students outside, but they aren't specifically keeping students indoors.

Summers said teachers are talking to students about bears and using the situation as a teaching lesson to explain while bears may look cute and cuddly, they are wild animals.

Students were told if they saw a bear to calmly walk away and tell a teacher, Summers explained.

She said teachers will be outside with students to keep them away from the woods and make sure they stay in open areas.

The school also notified parents.

Another WFMY News 2 viewer reported seeing the bear crossing Church Street from Lake Jeanette Road around 8:30 a.m., heading toward Lake Townsend.

A notification sent from Greensboro Police around 8 a.m. said no sightings were reported Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

The Lake Jeanette area is further north, in the opposite direction of downtown, than a bear was spotted earlier this week. Crowds gathered along Battleground Avenue on Tuesday as a bear sat in a tree near the Krispy Kreme.

Wildlife official George Strader said tranquilizing the bear would put the bear and more people at risk. He said it can take more than five minutes for a tranquilizer to kick in and a lot can happen in that time.

Strader said everyone should leave bears alone, keep food inside and report any sightings. Report the sighting to the Wildlife Commission at 919-707-0030.

WFMY News 2

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