Bear sightings spread to Cary

Posted May 21, 2011

— For a third time this week, people have reported seeing a black bear roaming around Wake County.

Cary police said they got at least 10 calls starting around 8 a.m. about a black bear around the Wellington Place subdivision.

Officers didn't see the bear themselves, but all the calls were similar so they seem to be credible sightings, police said.

Calls about the bear died off around 10 a.m.

A four-foot tall, 200-pound, male black bear roamed through Garner on Wednesday, causing a lockdown at some schools to keep students inside. The next day, a female black bear, between 150 and 300 pounds, was spotted near the Carolina Pines neighborhood, off South Saunders Street in Raleigh.

Authorities have tracked the bears but haven't interfered with them since they don't appear to be aggressive. They urged people to also leave them alone.

Experts said black bears are usually found near the coast and western mountains of North Carolina, but the search for food during the spring and summer can take them into more urban areas in the center of the state.

The bears seen in the Triangle are probably just moving through, said Beth Gardner, an assistant professor of quantitative wildlife biology at North Carolina State University. 

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  • Conservative May 23, 2011

    Hold the bear's hand and sing "bare necessities" and you can keep it busy and amused for a while.

  • VoiceMatters May 23, 2011

    This is NC and you will see bears from time-to-time. Geez. What's all the fuss about?

    Q: Have you ever hunted bear?
    A: No, but I've been shooting in my shorts!

  • Weetie May 23, 2011

    A male bear one day and a female bear the next day...Just curious but did anyone get close enough to tell if one was a male or female? How do they know which is which???

  • solarflare40 May 23, 2011

    All of these sighting are starting to get un-bear-able!

  • ConcernedNCC May 23, 2011

    I wish they would contact a Zoologist. A bear that stands 4' tall on all fours is going to weigh in at well over 200 lbs. A 200 lb black bear is going to be closer to 3' tall on all fours. They already had another article where an "expert" informed them that both bears looked to be the same one and was a young male looking for new territory.