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UPDATE: Recent Bear Sightings in Huntington, Another in Elliott County, Ky.

By: Bill Murray, Ryan Bloomfield Email
By: Bill Murray, Ryan Bloomfield Email
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UPDATE 6/17/13 @ 7:44 pm
SANDY HOOK, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Kim Whitley's still rubbing her eyes, not quite believing what she saw out the windshield of her car.

"I saw something back and running, and I thought, that's a big dog," Whitley said. "Then I got close and thought, oh my goodness, it's a bear."

Whitley watched WSAZ's story about the black bear that has been seen in Huntington, W.Va., and took pictures of the black bear she saw
Friday in downtown Sandy Hook.

"I'm not worried about people so much as the bear," Whitley said. "I fear for him. Some people get ignorant about it and try to do something, to shoot them or something, and that's only going to make them mad. If they're not bothering anybody, nobody should be bothering them."



UPDATE 6/15/13 @ 8 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Several black bear sightings have neighbors worried and fearful.

People in Huntington may be used to seeing rabbits, squirrels and maybe a few deer now and then, but a bear sighting has left neighbors on edge.

Chris Smith of Huntington is used to his dog chasing cats around the neighborhood, but never could have imagined what neighbors saw her chasing on Friday.

"My neighbor called me from work and said Rudy was chasing a bear out back," Smith said. "That's definitely something out of the norm. We had some people over for a camp fire last night and we had to walk them to their vehicles with flashlights and knives."

Officers with the Division of Natural Resources say June and July is black bear mating season. They also encourage people in that area to bring in their trash, pet food and scraps.

Kim Vincent tells WSAZ.com she hasn't seen the bear, but it has left a mark on her life. Vincent found the footprint of a bear on her front porch.

"I told my husband to come out and look at it and he said that's not a bear print and I sent it to a DNR officer and my dad," Vincent said. They both said it's a bear print."

Glenna Hensley enjoys working in her flower garden, but with a bear on the loose, is reconsidering how much time she spends outside.

"It just makes you stop and think," Hensley said. You're doing your normal activities and you live your normal life and then you have something like this come and intrude into your neighborhood. So, it does make it a little fearful."

DNR officers say since it is bear mating season, the animals typically come out of the forest and are more likely to be seen in the summer.

If you encounter a bear, do not try to pet it or feed it. Just walk away and call 911.



ORIGINAL STORY
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Some Huntington residents are on high alert after they reported seeing a black bear Friday near Norway Avenue.

The last place the bear was spotted was near Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church.

Huntington Police encourage people in that area to bring in their trash.

If you encounter a bear, do not try to pet it or feed it. Just walk away and call 911.


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