Bear spotted in Winston-Salem neighborhood

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Police are investigating reports of a bear sighting near the city limits of Winston-Salem on Friday.

At 1:30 p.m., police responded to the 1100 block of Ziglar Road after residents reported that they saw a bear wandering in the area.

"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.

Neighbors believe the bear was trying to get to a nearby lake or landfill.

"I don't know what would bring it to our neighborhood other than it's just passing through, I hope," said neighbor David Linville.

Wooten said they already have coyote sightings and don't need bears adding to their concerns.

"We're starting to reap the benefits of living out here in the country, I reckon," said Wooten.

Police and wildlife officers searched the area but the bear was not found.

Anyone who sees the bear should contact the N.C. Wildlife Commission at 1-800-662-7137.

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