Bear spotted just feet behind Williamsburg home

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

For Greta Price, what should have been a fun Monday evening with friends and her children, turned into a bizarre one.

"To me it's not extremely mountainous down here, so you wouldn't think you'd see bears," said Price, whose friend was actually the first to spot the furry visitor in her backyard.

That same friend managed to snap a picture before the kids screamed and spooked the bear.

Growing up in the mountains of West Virginia, Price wasn't worried by the bear, but was surprised to see it came from a nearby neighborhood instead of the wooded area just yards away.

"It looks "woodsy" in the back yard, there's actually houses that way," she explained.

Price isn't alone in her sighting, according to Williamsburg Police there have been roughly eight to ten sightings, in town, over the last few months.

"It's extremely high for us," stated Police Chief Wayne Bird, "up until now, we haven't had any. So I can't explain why people are seeing so many of them."

Even with the large animal lurking in her backyard, Price isn't too concerned, but she says she is keeping a closer eye out, when her kids go out to play.

Police say none of the bears sighted have been aggressive. In one case, a bear was hit and killed on the interstate, according to Chief Bird.

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