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Black bear spotted in north Raleigh

Posted June 9, 2013

— Residents in the Wakefield Pines Drive area of north Raleigh reported seeing a black bear in the neighborhood on Sunday, police said.

A 911 caller said he and his wife were out for a walk when they spotted the animal near the corner of New Falls of Neuse Road and Wakefield Pines Drive. 

"He ran from the shopping plaza where Dunkin' Donuts and Kerr Drugs is, and ran across into the neighborhood – into the Wakefield Pines neighborhood," the caller said. 

"It was a big bear," he added.

Several WRAL viewers said they saw a black bear miles away in a neighborhood off Watkins Road on Saturday. It's not clear whether it's the same bear. 

Sara Enanga said she couldn't believe her eyes when she saw "a very big black bear" on her neighbor's driveway two doors down. Her nephews, aged 5 and 7, had passed that driveway as they rode their bikes down the street.

"I was thinking about the kids," Enanga said. "I was thinking it was just like a dream."

In recent days, Amanda Liles said she has seen both a bear and a coyote in her neighborhood.

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"I can't separate them," she said. "They both scare me."

Valerie Mbella said neighbors are watching out for one another.

"My next-door neighbor came over here twice to see if we were okay, had we seen it again," she said. "Then I had a neighbor say they saw the bear go through our backyard."

Police are asking residents to be on alert and to stay away from the animal.

Officers, meanwhile, are trying to locate the bear, which was last seen fleeing into a wooded area in Wake County. 

A photo of the bear was not available. 


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  • btneast Jun 12, 2013

    now the Coyotes that are roaming the area is another thing. But both are more welcome than all of the development.

    Trust me, you do NOT want coyotes in your area......of course, they will take care of any pet overpopulation issues.....

  • btneast Jun 12, 2013

    You contradict yourself. If more cleared land was required, how did that result in more forest land today?

    I don't think he did......I understood him to say that the more cleared land was required back then, now that level of cleared land is no longer needed and has reverted to forestland today

  • webbrd Jun 11, 2013

    If that's true you'll see him running down I-40 headed to Britt's in Carolina Beach!

  • evenflow2005 Jun 11, 2013

    Human population growth = clearing more land to build homes and areas that once were wooded areas. The only animals that are thriving are the developers who are clearing, building, and selling homes for the increasing human population. This is the reason wildlife is walking through your front yard.

  • pscheurich Jun 11, 2013

    I am pretty certain the bear just wanted a donut...

  • ripetomatoes Jun 10, 2013

    It is a myth that we are destroying wildlife habitat.

    The fact that we see so much more wildlife now near our houses is proof that we are NOT decimating native wildlife populations.

    In order to feed the country in years past a lot more cleared land was required.

    Now high intensity farming in the midwest has changed that.

    I read a lot of studies done by the NC Wildlife Resources Comission. Do you have a source for any of these statements?

    You contradict yourself. If more cleared land was required, how did that result in more forest land today?

    Please elaborate more on your knowledge of "high intensity farming", beginning with your definition of this practice.


  • kornfan2448 Jun 10, 2013

    He/she was probably just looking for a nice home with a cozy den.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Jun 10, 2013



    Where do you live, I bet a million bucks, that at some point where you bought/built, you tore up their home too...?

    I'm quite sure we're all guilty of doing so...
    Just a thought...

  • Coach K is still GREAT Jun 10, 2013

    When man destroys these animals homes, where do you suppose they can go? Anywhere they can. Those that are destroying the animals homes should really rethink this.


    Based on your comment, I assume that you live in a hole, or a tree and not a home that was built on the animals stomping grounds, right??

  • Wacky_dood Jun 10, 2013

    Wakefield is a nice area. Good schools and a clean neighborhood. I can see why a bear would want to settle there and raise a family.