Bear sightings in Winston-Salem

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police say two bear sightings were reported overnight in Winston-Salem.

According to police, the first sighting was reported shortly before 11:30 p.m. Thursday when Karen Page spotted the black bear in her backyard at 2665 Wynbrook Drive. When an officer arrived, police say the officer found the bear eating out of a bird feeder on the property. The bear then climbed over a 6′ privacy fence and ran into the woods behind the home.

“I tapped on the window and he stood up,” Page said. “He was a good size bear.”

The second sighting was reported shortly before 1:30 a.m. in the area of Carmike Wynnsong Theatre at 4510 Kester Mill Road.  Police say they found the bear near the intersection of Jonestown Road and Hanes Mall Boulevard.  The bear was last seen heading west toward Kirk Road behind a Wendy’s restaurant.

Police estimate the bear weighed between 150 and 200 pounds. The bear did not display any aggressive behavior, but police are urging residents to use caution and not approach the bear if encountered.

There have been at least two other bear sightings across Forsyth County in the past few days. Sheriff’s deputies told FOX8’s Brent Campbell they were called to a report of a small bear that was seen running across Lewisville-Clemmons Road near West Forsyth High School around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, the bear was spotted again in the woods behind the Chamberlain Place Apartments off Kinnamon Road.

Tim Jennings with Forsyth County Animal Control tells FOX8 the young bears are typically just passing through. They are attracted to things like trash and bird feeders — and normally want nothing to do with humans.

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