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Bear Sighting Reported In Orange County

Posted June 23, 2005 8:11 a.m. EDT

— Animal Control officials say residents have notified them about a bear making its way throughout Mebane and Efland in Orange County.

The first bear sighting happened near a day care center on Industrial Drive. Witnesses say it came out of the woods, not far from the playground.

"It appeared the bear had been in the area. Some trash bags appeared to be slashed and some dogs were nervous in the dog house, afraid to come out," said animal control officer Kristie Farlow.

According to experts, black bears tend move during this time of the year to find food or to mate. Bears use a migration trail that cuts right through Orange County.

"We've had bears reported in our area in years past. We want to help this young bear move along by removing all possible attractions," said Ron Holdway, Interim Animal Control Director.

Animal control officers have been distributing educational fliers throughout Orange County. Though experts say the bear does not pose an imminent threat to people or pets, caution should be taken to avoid contact with the wild animal.

  • Do not attempt to capture or pet the bear.
  • Place all of your trash in a secure area where the bear cannot get to it.
  • Don't leave full or partially full trash bags lying around on the ground or in any open area.
  • Remove outdoor grills; the smell of previously cooked food can attract bears.
  • Keep all food indoors or in airtight and odor-free containers.
  • Keep pet food and bird feeders away.
  • If you have fruit trees, pick up fallen fruit.
  • Keep the vegetables in your garden picked.
  • Don't spray sweet smells or strong fragrances outdoors.
  • Avoid "feeding" your compost pile until the bear has moved on.
  • Keep your dogs penned, leashed, or in the house.
  • A temporary message line has been established to provide updates on the bear. Residents may call

    (919) 245-2081

    for updated information.