Black Bear Sightings Continue In Greensboro

9:33 PM, May 29, 2011   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC-- It's been several days since people last reported seeing a black bear cub in Greensboro, but those sightings continued Sunday morning. Police and people near Highway 29 reported seeing a bear several times Sunday.

The bear has become so popular, it now has a Twitter account and Facebook page. It also has made appearances in two digtriad.com slideshows.

-- Bear slideshow 1

-- Bear slideshow 2

The Bear Facts:

A bear was first seen on Saturday, May 21 in Country Park. Shortly after that, it was seen in the New Garden/Battleground Avenue area. Police started receiving calls after 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 22, the bear was actually spotted in a tree in Bryan Cleveland's backyard on Quail Drive. Animal Control and police responded to the home around 11:00 a.m. Sunday. They believe Cleveland's dog's barking scared the bear. The bear eventually came out of the tree and took off.

Monday, May 23,  there were a few sightings but the bear stayed on the move.

Tuesday,  May 24, around 10:00 a.m, the now famous Greensboro black bear was spotted again on Battleground Avenue. This time, the bear planted himself up a tree off Albright Street.

The scene became such a spectacle police were dispatched to help with traffic and crowd control. The bear moved to another tree where it stayed for hours. Some people were taking pictures, others were bringing children to get a peek at the black bear up a tree.

Greensboro Police consulted with NC Wildlife who made their position on the bear issue clear -- they were not getting involved unless the bear was being aggressive.

Wednesday, May 25, there were more bear sightings and WFMY News 2 got the same response from NC Wildlife about tranquilizing the bear and relocating it. "Unless, it's being aggressive, they will not respond and do anything to the bear."

Thursday, May 26, no sightings were reported to police or WFMY News 2.

Friday, May 27, a bear was spotted in the Lake Jeanette area, near the Canterbury School. School officials were put on alert, but no other sightings were reported.

Saturday, May 28, no sightings were reported.

Sunday, May 29, a bear was spotted in east Greensboro off Highway 29 north, near Florida and Market Streets. Responding officers also saw the bear that ran off into the woods.

Again around 9:15 a.m. Sunday, a caller told WFMY News 2 he saw the bear on the train tracks off Benbow and Gillispie Streets. Police were already on the scene to investigate the latest sighting.

WFMY News 2/GPD

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