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Three bear sightings reported in Carrboro

Posted June 27, 2013

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— After a third bear sighting in the last 48 hours, Carrboro police warned the public Thursday to be wary of the animals.

A resident reported spotting a bear Thursday morning in the area of Smith Level and BPW Club roads. On Wednesday, two sightings were reported, the first near the areas of Pine and Oak streets and the second near Oak and East Poplar avenues. 

Residents should avoid interacting with bears, Carrboro police said. 

Law enforcement officials offered the following tips for residents who do see bears:

  • Keep your distance
  • Do not feed the bear or leave food sources outside your home that may attract the bear
  • If you see a bear in a tree, leave the area and the bear will come down when it no longer feels threatened


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  • OpenM1nd Jun 27, 2013

    Three bears? Hmmm. Everybody check your porridge.

  • devilblue Jun 27, 2013

    I'm not a PETA person but I am an animal and would try to protect it from danger if possible. As adorable as they are I do realize they can be dangerous but anyone who knows me knows I would try to make it my friend.

  • Relic Jun 27, 2013

    Just like coyotes, they are spreading.

    Unlike coyotes they aren't yet a harmful varmit or danger. Coyotes are outside of the normal food chain in this area and should be shot whenever possible. They are a danger to young livestock, poultry, small pets, endangered nesting and game-birds like quail. Bears will probably not reach a population in this area enough to pose a problem for years. Coyotes are already a problem. Year round season, including nights. I recommend a scoped .223.

  • Relic Jun 27, 2013

    Gadwall - Law enforcement officers call local animal control for problems with domestic pets and wildlife enforcement officers for wild animals as a general protocol. However, if the animal is a threat to humans or domestic animals they will shoot it. Even if it's to euthanize a gravely injured wild animal Wildlife Enforcement is called to do it so that it can be done as humanely as possible. Hope this makes you feel better!

  • Relic Jun 27, 2013

    Someone please have a member of PETA try to go pet one...then call me and tell me ahead of time. There have been several bear encounters over the state and a couple of vehicle collisions with bears over the last week. Concord, Vance County, just to name a couple. Bears are not being hunted in these areas and there's plenty of habitat and plenty of food due to the wet weather and one of their favorite feeding grounds now, trash bins. Most of the bears seen have been juveniles so apparently this spring was a good year for mama bears. They left off one thing: Keep smaller pets and dogs away from bears if they come in an area. Bears generally just run from dogs or climb trees but sometimes, especially sows with cubs, they'll attack.

  • Guy Jun 27, 2013

    Tell the bears to run for their lives.

  • utleyfam84 Jun 27, 2013

    They're just out looking for Goldilocks!

  • umop apisdn Jun 27, 2013

    Goldilocks reporting...

  • why not Jun 27, 2013

    I wish they'd come to Apex, I've always wanted a bear skin rug

  • junkmail5 Jun 27, 2013

    Citizens are especially cautioned to not carry any pic-a-nic baskets until the all clear is given.