Is It A Bear? It's The Question Many In The East Are Asking

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

A wild animal has been stirring up trouble in Eastern Carolina for the second week in a row. Authorities say a bear attacked a pair of dogs last week in Beaufort County.

Now, Craven County residents say a wild bear is mangling fences and rifling through trash bins.

Marty Drapal says his neighbor actually saw the furry creature Tuesday morning after it had been looking for a mid-morning snack.

Tuesday is trash day in the Brices Creek Community and wildlife officials encourage residents to keep trash bins out of sight in the evening.

Wildlife officials say that if you happen to see a bear, give it plenty of space and do not corner the animal and that they're only protective when they feel threatened.


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  • by JWS Location: Goldsboro on May 1, 2009 at 01:54 PM
    Timber is being cut every day and replanted every day!! So disgusted from NC what do you like to wipe with?
  • by Disgusted Location: NC on May 1, 2009 at 05:43 AM
    We have bears come thru our yard on the way to the pond to get a drink. Last night we heard one growling out behind our house. Where else are they to go with all the woods that are being logged fof in Beaufort County>
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Apr 30, 2009 at 11:05 PM
    How emBEARassing... I wanted to check to see if this was indeed a bear myself. But while driving my BEARings in my car messed up. ...I had to flash a BEAR chest to get someone to stop and help me.
  • by William Location: ENC on Apr 30, 2009 at 07:38 PM
    This story is the POLAR opposite of a story that isn't about bears.
  • by Dave Location: Secret on Apr 30, 2009 at 06:02 PM
    I'm glad that WITN didn't get into the GRIZZLY details of this story.
  • by Fact Dog Location: NC on Apr 30, 2009 at 05:24 PM
    The bears are trying to find food;just like you would.I would all of you to think about this.The paper and lumber industry have cut alot of timber in NC.Aot of forest as been cut and removed for HOMES,FIELDS,SHOPPING MALLs,AND ROADS.sO WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WERE A BEAR AND YOU WERE HUNGRY.YOU WOULD LOOK EVERY PLACE YOU COULD FOR FOOD.SO PLEASE UNDERSTAND WE DONE IT TO THE BEARS AND OTHER ANIMALS.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Apr 30, 2009 at 12:52 PM
    Chris, where did you get the idea of Albemarle Creeper or did you just make that up? If you live out in the country, never ever leave scrap food out in the yard cause bears will get a hold to it.
  • by Lonnie Location: Greenville on Apr 30, 2009 at 12:35 PM
    People should be more scared of crackheads roaming the streets than bears. We need more bears.
  • by JL Location: New Bern on Apr 30, 2009 at 12:17 PM
    Just another reason to own a .44 Mag. :)
  • by Mr Bear Location: DeWoods on Apr 30, 2009 at 10:33 AM
    Hey! a bears gotta do what a bears gotta do,and I'M scared of you city slickers with them paintball guns and whistles.
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