Police Report 2 Bear Sightings In Winston-Salem

5:36 PM, May 24, 2013   |    comments
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Winston-Salem, NC -- Two sightings of a black bear were reported in Winston-Salem late Thursday night and early Friday morning.

Police in Winston-Salem said a woman who lives in the 2600 block of Wynbrook Drive first spotted the bear in her backyard shortly before 11:30 pm. The officer who went to her home saw the bear eating from a bird feeder. It was last seen heading for a wooded area behind the home after climbing over a six-foot privacy fence.

Two hours later, a bear was seen near the Carmike Wynnsong Theater on Kester Mill Road, according to police. Officers were once again called for a bear sighting; they found it by the intersection of Jonestown Road and Hanes Mall Boulevard. They said the bear was moving towards Kirk Road, behind a Wendy's restaurant.

A police report said both Forsyth County Animal Control and NC Wildlife Commission were called, but neither chose to go investigate. A reverse 911 system notified area residents about the sightings.

Police said the bear weighs about 150-200 pounds and did not appear to be aggressive. Community members are advised not to approach the bear.

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