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Couple spots black bear in Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – A black bear was spotted in Chesterfield County and there could be more roaming the woods near your home. A couple spotted the bear Wednesday near the intersection of Reedy Branch and Cattail Roads.

"The coat was really nice and black," describes Hank Dvorak.

Hank and his wife, Pat Dvorak, couldn't believe their eyes. They were driving down the street in a wooded area in Chesterfield County when they claim they saw a black bear crossing in front of them.

"I said, 'ohh that's a dog' but then as I got closer it was a like a big dog and the closer I got I said to Pat 'That's no dog, that's a bear!" said Hank.

As the couple drove closer they realized their suspicions were correct. They've lived in this area for nearly 15 years and had never seen a wild bear before.

"I was kind of dumb founded. You hear things like that but to see one," said Hank. "Here...Chesterfield County, Virginia? I don't know that's unusual!"

But local wildlife officials have found that sightings of bears this time of year are not that uncommon.

"Most of what you see are two year old, one and a half to two year old male black bears looking for territory. And they'll follow the creek looking for food," said Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries spokesperson, Julia Dixon.

Dixon suggests not putting garbage out at night. Do not try and chase a bear if you do see one. And most importantly do not feed the animal. The Dvorak's are just excited they were able to get a close up look at a wild animal.

"I hope just home to see it again! Next time with a camera!" laughed Hank.

Not only should you not feed a bear if you happen to see one, it's also illegal. Wildlife officials say it's because they don't want bears to associate food with people.

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