Bear On The Loose

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

Normally black bears are found in the forest or in the zoo, however for these homeowners on Shelby Drive in Albemarle County, a bear made an interesting visit this afternoon.

"He didn't look that big. He was pretty high and wide and looked to be about a hundred pound bear," said Joshua Gilbert

Around 5 p.m., a homeowner at 2208 Shelby Drive called police saying there was a bear in the backyard of his residence. The black bear cub was going from yard to yard, looking for a bite to eat.

"He just kept roaming around the yard and we tried to feed him some bread but I don't think he was interested," said John Vlasis.

The bear stalked several back yards in three neighboring houses, then hit the high road when he was startled by a car. He took off, eluding two police officers in their cars and taking cover in a nearby ravine. The bear made a successful getaway.

"Animal control stated that they would not come unless we were in imminent danger," said Vlasis.

The residents here say a bear sighting is obviously a rarity and they hope the four-legged friend finds a safe home.

"I have never seen a bear except for a zoo," said Gilbert.

"Well, I hope they can trap him and put him back in the wild because he is a beautiful animal," commented Vlasis.

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