ANSON COUNTY, N.C. -- State wildlife experts say the public should have no worries about several recent sightings of a black bear in northern Anson County.
The Sheriff’s Office says it has received a number of reports in the past week about a large bear. The sightings have been along and near N.C. 742 and the Winfield Road area.
State wildlife agents do not interfere with bears unless they prove to be a hazard to humans. They say the bears typically travel through Piedmont and Sandhills counties, headed either to the mountains or the coast, where black bears live.
The Sheriff’s Office is advising residents to leave the bears alone. Should someone come in contact with the bear, the best defense is to make as much noise as possible, because that tends to scare the bears.
Two months ago, a black bear roamed through parts of Stanly and Cabarrus counties, even romping through downtown Concord on June 22. The bear eventually moved away.