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a tale of two neighborhood watch groups


Bear spotted in Winston-Salem neighborhood

“I certainly don’t want any bears coming in the neighborhood if I can stop them,” said Terry Wooten. Wooten is a neighborhood watchman and said his next door neighbor had a close encounter with the black bear, Tommy’s Lake Road, near Ziglar Road. “She was coming home from the store and saw one just walking up the road.  It stopped and looked at her, then turned and went back the other way,” said Wooten.

Bear sightings up in Richmond

Many of you have called us and posted on our Facebook page that you’ve seen bears going through your neighborhood. Wildlife officials say bears are moving into neighborhoods all over Virginia looking for food.

Bob Ellis is with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. He says his department gets a dozen calls every day about bears. ”The bears are usually shy and will remain shy and stay away from people,” Ellis said. ”You don’t want to go out there and antagonize the situation and go after the bear.”

Ellis says these are mostly young adolescent bears — out on the prowl for the very first time. They’re wandering into places populated by people while searching for food. ”It’s also breeding season,” he said. “There’s a lot of them out there looking for love and they usually find it in the wrong places.” 

If you see a bear and it’s not bothering anyone - Game and Inland Fisheries says you don’t need to report it.

“If it’s just moving through, enjoy it,” Ellis said. ”We don’t need to know about it. We know they’re out there.”

"We’re here! We’re queer! We don’t want any more bears!"