The Woodlake community is on edge after several residents spotted a baby black bear in the Chesterfield neighborhood.
According to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, it received a call around 1:00 p.m. Thursday for a black bear sighting. When a representative went to the confirmed location, it wasn't there.
Woodlake resident Kaitlyn Tylus saw the bear during her morning jog.
"The bear came below my waist and weighed about 100 pounds," she said. "It was really big and really fluffy so I thought it was just a big dog. I wasn't expecting to see a bear at all when it turned its head and looked at me."
Kaitlyn stood still until the bear began walking away. She then ran across the road to Clover Hill Elementary and called 911.
Chesterfield County Police reportedly received dozens of calls from worried citizens who spotted the bear. However, bear sightings aren't uncommon this time of year.
The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries reports they are investigating a dozen cases of black bear sightings across Virginia right now.
It says, when a bear's winter hibernation ends, yearlings or young bears, are being weaned from their mothers and venture out on their own, including to places they're not supposed to be.
Animal officials say, the bear will eventually get to a place away from people. Until then, folks are urged to keep food, trash and bird feeders out of their yards.
If you see a bear, don't approach it or touch it. Just keep your distance so the bear can move on. Also, contact your local office of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. For Chesterfield County, that number is (804) 367-1000.
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