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Black bear roams western Henrico neighborhoods

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

A black bear continues to roam around western Henrico. Henrico Police say they received multiple calls for different neighbors who said they saw the animal.

Stephanie Watson was able to take a photo of the bear crossing Tunbridge Road in the Whitaker Woods neighborhood and shared it with NBC12.

Police say the last report came in at Gaskins road and Quioccasin around 12:45 p.m.

Early Wednesday morning, people living in the Whitaker Woods neighborhood were taking out the trash when an unlikely visitor crossed the road.

"It was sitting in the middle of the street," says Watson

Watson says she started following it from the Steward School one mile away.

"I was so blown away it hopped over the fence and kept going through the neighborhood," she said.

Watson says she alerted neighbors along the way; many of them were out walking their dogs.

Sightings were reported at Lauderdale Drive and Patterson Avenue, Falconbridge and Pump roads, the 11600 of Gayton Road and at Gaskins and Quioccasin roads.

Pam Albrecht never saw the animal but got a warning from the man who lives next door.

"We were both walking our dogs and he said he was out earlier and he saw it and turned around," she said.

Watson's photo was sent out to the entire neighborhood. While people were told to stay away, curiosity got the better of a group of teens.

"We were driving around trying to look for it," says Garrett Lemelin.

They never found the animal and Animal Protection Unit officers say that's probably a good thing.

Call 911 if you spot the animal.

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