A mother bear and her three cubs have moved on, after spending the day high above one Chocowinity neighborhood.
A homeowner says he saw the bear and her kids go up the pine tree behind his Chocowinity home Sunday night. All four were there Monday afternoon, taking what appears to be a nap.
The bears were on the other side of a chain link fence, right off the neighbor's backyard in a subdivision on the edge of town. The new Highway 17 bypass is a stone's throw away.
People gathered to get a glimpse of their new neighbors, the mother about 20 feet off the ground, while the rest are staggered up the tree. One cub is pretty close to the top, at about 50 feet off the ground.
Residents say they've seen bears before in their neighborhood, but the bears have never been this close for this long.
According to the American Bear Association bears climb trees for several reasons. Their website says bears climb to escape danger, to eat nuts or fruit in the tree, or simply to rest or sleep.
When the sun set Monday night, the four bears climbed down from their perch and headed off through a nearby soybean field.