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Bear seen next to home in Perry County

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife officials say an approximately 200 lbs. Black Bear was spotted next to a home in Cornettsville on Friday morning.

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CORNETTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - An Approximately 200 lbs. Black Bear, according to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, was found outside a home in Perry County on Friday.

The Harris family, of Cornettsville, says their dog, Sir Nash, only barks when he sees animals. So when he started barking Friday morning, the Harris' says they went outside expecting to see a deer. But they saw something a little bigger. A bear!

"My heart was racing. I mean it was like my adrenaline was flowing it was like 'Wow. That's an actual bear! Oh my word!' It really, kind of...I don't know. It's hard to explain," said Joe Harris.

Wildlife officials say the bear was likely attracted to watermelon rind left outside. They say there are more and more bear sightings in Kentucky every year, and most of them live in Eastern Kentucky.

"This is their natural habitat. They've lived here for hundreds of years, even before European settlement so there is enough food here for them already but if they can take an easy meal by getting in the garbage or scraps or things like that, they'll take advantage," said J.J. Baker with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Wildlife officials say bears are attracted to food, bird feeders, grills that have not been cleaned, and pet food. They say you should avoid having these on your property to help keep bears away.

Officials with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife say there has only been one confirmed bear attack in the history of Kentucky, and it was not fatal.

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