RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A very adventurous black bear is now back in the wild, after a midnight romp near Richmond's Mosby Court. The 150-pound male bear was captured while looking for food on the city streets, Monday night, right across from the housing complex. The unlikely visitor drew quite the crowd.
"He was quiet," said Leacha Parris, 16, who watched the bear with other onlookers. "I saw (the bear) get up and run down here, and we all followed it."
"They were hollering about there was a bear. I thought it was a joke, so I turned over and went back to sleep," said longtime resident Aquanetta Scott.
Officers from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries quickly arrived, tranquilizing the bear. It wandered a couple more blocks, and then fell asleep near a gate. Officers carefully place the bear in a carrier. After a checkup, it was released into a wooded area, south of Richmond.
Wildlife officials say bear sightings are common during this time of year, as teenaged male black bears leave their mothers, to go off on their own. A hungry bear will follow its nose anywhere looking for an easy meal. This bear was calm, but there's never a guarantee. Officers warn never to feed or go near a bear. Instead, call your local animal control or police.
"I'm glad they caught it," continued Scott.
"It was unbelievable," added Parris.