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Bear spotted in Raleigh's Five Points area

Posted June 9, 2014

— Police and wildlife officials were on the hunt Monday for a bear that was spotted in Raleigh's Five Points neighborhood.

Reports began to come in at 11:38 p.m. Sunday when a woman called 911 about what she described as a big black bear crossing Glenwood Avenue at Alexander Road.

"A black bear on Glenwood Avenue!" she said incredulously. "He just ran into the back of somebody's yard. Who would have thought? A black bear in the middle of town?"

Just after midnight, Raleigh police officers saw the animal about a half-mile away in the 2100 block of Carroll Road, and by 2 a.m., it had moved on to Oxford Road and was seen ambling toward Dunnhill Drive.

A mail carrier working in the area told WRAL News Monday morning that a couple reported seeing the bear near a home under construction at the corner of Carroll and Whitaker Mill roads.

According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, black bears can occasionally wander into residential areas in search of food but will eventually leave the area if left alone and not fed.

The best ways to avoid problems are to steer clear of them and keep trash and pet food stored in secured areas. That includes removing bird feeders and cleaning grills since bears tend to be attracted to food odors and seeds that spill on the ground.

Although black bears tend to be 5 feet to 6 feet long and weigh between 100 to 500 pounds, they are usually shy and timid around humans but can be unpredictable if unnerved, the Wildlife Resources Commission says.

Exactly a year ago Monday, another neighborhood was also dealing with a bear. Several people reported the animal in north Raleigh near Wakefield Pines Drive and New Falls of Neuse Road.


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  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 9, 2014

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    Yeah, but Raleigh isn't normal bear habitat, hasn't been for quite some time.

    This has to be a wandering bear, most likely a young'un recently cut loose by its mama so it's mama could begin a new one.

    Am praying mightily that everyone stays clear of it and it stays clear of everyone too, so it can wander on through to safer areas for it to inhabit - well west of the Triangle.

  • Barbara Sossomon Jun 9, 2014
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    Well, it is nice to know that they are shy

  • I Have a Discernible Chin Jun 9, 2014

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    The point was that man has eliminated or encroached upon the natural habitat of a lot of animals, not that this bear's habitat was ruined by some recent incursion of man to Crabtree Creek. I don't think the post mentioned anything about the recent settlement of Raleigh forcing wildlife out of the area. Believe it or not, Raleigh is obviously still home to lots of wildlife, especially along Crabtree Creek. Hawks, deer, BEAR, Red Fox, groundhogs etc. all live in this part of Raleigh and it is indeed a a shame that they can't live in a clean, safe environment any longer because of the great destroyer, homosapiens. However, nature will maintain the balance of the earth. Any animal who destroys its own habitat doesn't survive very long.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 9, 2014

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    Yep!!! It's springtime. Mother Bears have kicked out their 2-year olds so they can safely mate again.

    A full grown male bear coming to mate with her will kill her cub(s) to do so.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 9, 2014

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    Well DUH - because REAL bears can pose safety risks for children and pets, extreme ones if they get hungry enough. smh

  • Super Hans Jun 9, 2014

    Folks, please hold your fire. It could be anything: a large dog, a member of the Peace softball team, or just a local wino with an overstuffed coat. If it is a bear, that's OK, too. It'll likely go away if you let it.

  • bowens44 Jun 9, 2014

    why are people calling the police when thy see a bear?

  • Arthur Raleigh Jun 9, 2014
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    Wow! It was 2am so I may be a mistake but they do like to roam now that the year old cubs have been forced to leave their mothers.

  • Jim Pomeranz Jun 9, 2014

    Bear away from the bear!

  • joeschmo Jun 9, 2014

    Bear... or hipster with unruly beard?