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Bears spotted in Somerset neighborhoods

SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - It's not the kind of call dispatchers in Somerset are probably used to getting.

Caller: We've got a bear over here in the street. Over here on Chaudoin Street.
Dispatcher: There's a bear?
Caller: A bear (laughter). I was almost asleep. The boy hollered at me...come look.

But that wasn't the only call.

Caller: I don't know what you all do, but there's a black bear over here on Joy Street.

It's 4 miles from Joy Drive to Chaudoin, where the bears were spotted. Police say they're not sure how many bears they are dealing with. People in both locations were able to take pictures.

An off duty police officer believes the bear came into his garage, climbed a shelf and got away with some dog food.

"We don't wan them to approach the bear. Bears will usually shy away from loud noises and things of that nature," said Lt. Shannon Smith, with Somerset Police.

There are a lot of houses in both locations, but they are also near heavily wooded and rural areas.

"We assume they're coming into the city looking for food through dumpsters or trash cans or something of that nature," said Lt. Smith.

Regardless of the reason, the sight alone was enough to give some quite a scare.

Dispatcher: Ok. I'll get someone over there to check it out, OK?
Caller: Oh, someone needs to catch a bear. You better tell them to be careful.

Fish and wildlife officials say this time of year it's common to see bears who are more active at the onset of breeding season.

Fish and Wildlife Officials say that it is illegal to feed bears in Kentucky. They advise people to not leave pet food, or garbage, out in areas where bears have been seen.


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