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Multiple Bear Sightings Reported in Bridgeport; Residents Advised to Stay Away
Written by Rebecca Cline
Last updated on July 24, 2013 @ 7:00PM
Created on July 24, 2013 @ 1:01PM
PHOTO COURTESY Editor's Note: The photo above was taken in the Burnside Funeral parking lot, by Sheila Alvarez. 
(CONNECT-BRIDGEPORT.COM) Sightings of bear in Bridgeport aren’t common, but it’s also not unusual, and that was the case Tuesday.
According to Sgt. Robert G. “Bob” Waybright, a police officer with the law enforcement section for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, a bear that was seen in the area late that morning  was the second in the city.
“There was a call earlier near the Burnside Funeral Home and the carwash area. There was a report of a bear in a backyard eating apples,” said Waybright. “They’re looking for food and right now you have berries ripe and apples on trees so this can happen.”
Although not certain, Waybright said it’s very likely the bear witnessed in the vacant lot area just before the Speedway along U.S. Route 50 was possibly the same bear. He said the distance traveled between reports is not unusual.
According to reports from two individuals as well as a Bridgeport Police officer, Waybright said all believe it’s roughly a 200 pound bear. Although not fully mature, it’s a sizable wild animal that could do harm if it feels threatened.  Click here to read the full story from

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