KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – A black bear roaming around neighborhoods and businesses is the talk of the town in Kannapolis.
Marshall Mead captured the bear on video with his cell phone. Mead was working on his house when the bear walked by him. He ran inside and started recording. His video shows the bear walking along the side of his neighbor’s house before disappearing around the corner.
"Just gathered up the stuff, brought the dog inside and we knew it didn't see us and it wasn't going to mess with us,” Mead said.
Mead’s fiancé is one of about a dozen to spot the bear and call 911. "It's just going through yards and stuff,” she said in the call.
“There’s a black bear in the road,” another caller said.
A driver watched the bear cross Jackson Park Road Saturday morning. "There's a giant black bear running down the street on Jackson Park and North Main. I almost hit him,” the caller said.
The bear ended up by Dixie Cleaners. Manager Jeremy Tutt didn't see the bear, but it's what his customers are talking about.
"I don't have food or anything around here so I don't think a bear is going to be an issue."
Another caller saw the bear on East First Street. "Right below A.L. Brown High School, black bear in the road where you turn off 29. He's large too. He's several hundred pounds at least,” the caller said.
State wildlife officials said they are not tracking the bear because they don't feel it poses a threat to the public. They said it's either looking for food or looking for a mate and just passing through.
911 callers differed in their size descriptions--some said the bear was “giant” while others called it “small.”
“I would say it was a young adult at least,” said Paul Baker, who saw the bear Saturday morning while driving to his in-law’s house. “It wasn’t a cub. It was pretty big. If it would come up, it could have stuck its head in the window. It was that tall.”
Mead said he isn’t worried about it. "I don't think it wanted to be here anymore than anybody else wanted it to be here. I think it just wanted to do what it wanted to do and then get out of here.”
Police said if you see the bear, just leave it alone. They also recommend securing garbage cans and not leaving food outside.