(WGHP) — A bear of a problem is emerging in the Piedmont Triad as more people report sightings of bears in the early days of June.

At 8:57 a.m. Thursday, a bear was spotted on N.C. 220 in Stokesdale, across from Yates Construction.

At 9 a.m. Saturday—which was, ironically, National Black Bear Day—a bear was spotted on Oakhurst Street in Kernersville.

Then, at 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, a bear was spotted on N.C. 150 and Interstate 73 in Summerfield as it headed in the direction of Henson Farms.

According to North Carolina Biologist Falyn Owens, young bears often break away from their families and go out on their own during this time of year.

These animals are drawn to food and may seek it out in garbage, bird feeders and pet food dishes.

  • Bear spotted in Summerfield (Courtesy of Hazen Harvell)
  • Bear spotted in Summerfield (Courtesy of Hazen Harvell)
  • Bear spotted in Summerfield (Courtesy of Hazen Harvell)
  • Bear spotted in Summerfield (Courtesy of Hazen Harvell)

If you see a bear, Owens say you should keep your distance and enjoy the special experience.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office says it is not necessary to notify law enforcement or animal services that a bear or other wildlife has been spotted. They instead recommend simply notifying neighbors through services such as Nextdoor or other neighborhood groups.

Deputies released the following tips on what to do to stay safe from bears:

  • Bears are unpredictable wild animals and should be left alone and not interfered with in any way
  • Remove all food sources such as trash cans, bird feeders and grills so that you do not attract a bear looking for food
  • Bears roaming through neighborhoods are most likely simply seeking food

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