Bear Spotted Near I-49 In Fayetteville Neighborhood

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- According to Fayetteville Animal Services, residents in a neighborhood in Fayetteville have reported a bear roaming.

The bear was spotted by Jeff Hawkins, who lives near I-49 and Martin Luther King Blvd.

Hawkins said he was watching the NBA Playoffs, when his dog started to bark. When Hawkins looked in his backyard, there was a black bear eating.

"I saw the bird feeder bent over. There [the bear] was, happy as it was eating away," Hawkins said.

Hawkins told 5NEWS he had seen possums, deer, and even a fox in his backyard before. However, he said this was the first time a bear decided to stop by.

Fayetteville Animal Services manager Anthony Rankin said bears often migrate through the city, heading from the northeast to southwest.

"It is way more common [bears are in the city] than people realize," Rankin said. "They may go through Fayetteville to more southern areas, where there are more food sources."

Rankin said bird feeders often attract bears.

"The thing about black bears, is they are just now waking up from their winter nap. There is not a lot of food sources," Rankin said. "They absolutely love bird seed. Sunflower seeds are their favorite."

As instructed by animal control specialists, Hawkins removed his bird feeders from his porch.

Rankin advised anyone who sees a bear to stand at a distance. If the bear comes closer than desired, Rankin suggested screaming and clapping in order to scare the bear.


  • The Patriot

    Not to worry – soon the bears will be replaced by illegal immigrants and “refugees.”

    • The Patriot

      …and how could I forget – drug-resistant super bug now in US per National Geographic report. Open borders = end of America.

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