BEAR WATCH: Mom, Cubs Move On After Day Of Rest

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.


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  • by redneck territory on Oct 25, 2011 at 10:12 AM
    Bear meat is not that good. Some like to hunt for the sake of hunting- basic primative instinct. One does not need an excuse to enjoy the outdoors in other forms.
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      by clint on Oct 25, 2011 at 03:10 PM in reply to redneck territory
      Speak for yourself. I love it and know others that do. I sure don't advocate shooting this sow and cubs out of the tree. That said let the season come in and any bear over 200 lbs is in trouble in my neck of the woods. We are purely lousy with them where I hunt. Far too many of them. Iv'e got one big boar that comes to the shot and steals your deer. Wildlife dept. needs to go ahead and allow baiting so we can take out the larger breeders.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 at 03:59 PM in reply to redneck territory
      I am a hunter and bear meat is very good if cooked right...... and hunted right. When the yahoo's chase them over miles and miles no meat tastes good. As a hunter i'm glad they got away this time. Anybody that lives in Choco knows that these bears will be shot on sight by alot of "hunters" in our area. cubs or not and that is WRONG.
  • by Theresa Location: Bear Grass on Oct 25, 2011 at 06:59 AM
    Thank you Sandy and Andrea for the update on the bears. I am so glad they are down and safely on their way. I would have loved to see them climb down and move along. I love watching animals and their young. This is a good story with an even better ending.
  • by Andrea Location: Raleigh on Oct 25, 2011 at 05:56 AM
    This was on my parents' and their neighbor's property. For those of you who wanted to know: all of the bears left yesterday evening, safe and sound :)
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      by Freda on Oct 25, 2011 at 06:56 AM in reply to Andrea
      Yeah! The bears are safe, hopefully from the stokies wandering around!
  • by Sandy Location: Chocowinity on Oct 25, 2011 at 05:36 AM
    The bears left quietly around 6:40 pm yesterday. They were quite agile and needed no assistance. Apparently, they were just waiting for the right time to go.
  • by Theresa Location: Bear Grass on Oct 25, 2011 at 05:08 AM
    WITN, please tell me that the animal control will safely get these bears out of the tree and relocated. They are sooo cute and only doing what we are all doing .... trying to survive. Some of the comments here are repulsive. There is a huge difference in hunting bear and killing a mother and her cubs while in a tree. Anyone who wants them dead needs to kill them in a fair hunt. Shooting them while in the tree is just WRONG. I pray for their safe retrieval and relocation. WITN, please follow up on this story and let us know the outcome of these beautiful bears.
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      by stokes too on Oct 25, 2011 at 09:37 AM in reply to Theresa
      Why?I shoot squirrels in a tree.
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        by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 at 12:11 PM in reply to stokes too
        because are not a sportsman, is why you shoot animals in a tree.
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        by ed on Nov 17, 2011 at 02:54 PM in reply to stokes too
        hahaha me too
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      by ZJD on Oct 25, 2011 at 04:51 PM in reply to Theresa
      First, bear season is not currently open. Season opens sometime in Nov. Secondly, you can't shoot a female bear with cubs, it's illegal. There is no need for animal control to relocate, if all the animal lovers and observers would leave them alone they will come down when the Mother bear is ready.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 at 09:25 PM
    I pray for these beautiful animals. Hope they remain safe.
  • by john Location: farmville on Oct 24, 2011 at 07:31 PM
    i wonder who will be the redneck hero
  • by nov 14th Location: ayden on Oct 24, 2011 at 07:11 PM
    Nov 14th is only few weeks away. I would suggest a mix of shell corn and honey buns.
  • by mike on Oct 24, 2011 at 05:37 PM
    Wow finally a news story that is bearable. Ha ha
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      by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 at 10:07 AM in reply to mike
      you get 2 points of extra credit
  • by Connie Location: Greenville on Oct 24, 2011 at 04:43 PM
    Hey Stokes...lets try it on you first :-)
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      by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 at 04:08 AM in reply to Connie
      The only way you could get stokes out of his pickup truck and up a tree would be to bait him. Put a pack of smokes, a 12 pack and a pack of nabs up in a tree.
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        by porkchop on Oct 25, 2011 at 07:03 AM in reply to
        But you'd have to wait for him to pick his nose.
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