Collegedale Neighborhood Bear Sightings

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Updated: 1/21 7:35 pm
        Imagine a bear living in your back yard.
        For Collegedale resident Benny Moore that's become a reality this past month.
        "We had a 25 pound tub of dog food that we went out to get something to feed the doges and it was gone, completely gone," Moore said.
        Last Friday, he found the now empty dog food container behind his house in the woods, along with the bears nesting place
        The black bear was even caught on camera and it's made frequent visits to different homes near Edgmon Road.
        "The bear had gotten into our garbage can after a party one night, because it was full of food and the next day we found trash trailed all the way down the neighbors back yard," said Susanne Fuller.
        "It's a little bit too close to home for some of our young kids out there," David Fleming said.
        With children and pets in the neighborhood, residents hope the bear will move out or be forced out.
        "I wish they could somehow catch this bear and move him a little bit away from us.
        Collegedale police are aware of the bear sightings, but officer David Myrick says they have no plans to move the animal unless it becomes a problem.
        "Our practice would be that if this bear is a nuisance, that we'd contact another agency to remove it," said Myrick.
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Belinda - 1/26/2014 8:16 AM
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Residents need to remove all evidence of food. That is why the bear keeps coming back because he is finding food. Keep your pet food indoors, keep your garbage cans indoors and the bear will go away.
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