Greensboro Bear Roams The City Again

2:40 PM, Jun 7, 2013   |    comments
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  • Bear Outside Harley-Davidson Store in Greensboro Courtesy: Alex Cobb
  • Courtesy: David Kecki
    

Greensboro, N.C. -- You could call it another bear watch in Greensboro as police spotted the animal once again in the city.

The bear was roaming around in the area of Corregidor Street early Friday morning. A police officer on patrol spotted the bear and pulled out a camera as it started to climb a tree. The officer also captured the bear on video as it sauntered across the road.

Police said the bear did not appear to be a threat to anyone and found its way into a wooded area.

But the bear didn't stop there, maybe he was looking for a wild time after being spotted outside of the Harley-Davidson store in Greensboro. Shoppers and employees were surprised to see it outside the shop on Farragut Street in Greensboro.

If you spot the bear please call police. Make sure you stay away from it and do not provoke it or tease it with food. If you're in the car and see the bear on the road allow it to cross.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and Guilford County Animal Control provide the following helpful information about why employees will not trap and relocate nuisance bears:

  • Most conflicts do not warrant trapping. For example, a bear simply being in a neighborhood is not threatening for cause for trapping.
  • In most cases, people are the cause of the problem and the best long-term solution involves removal of attractants (bird feeders, unsecured garbage) rather than destruction of the bear.
  • Simply catching every bear that someone sees is not an option; we have no remote places left to relocate bears where they will not come into contact with humans.
  • Relocated bears often return to the place they were originally captured.
  • The process of catching bears is difficult, and can be more dangerous for the bear, the public, and those involved than letting the bear take its natural course.

WFMY News 2/Greensboro Police Department

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