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DNR warns of bear sightings, what to do if you see one


In the mountains of Wild and Wonderful West Virginia, there is a multitude of wildlife of all shapes and sizes. One of the largest being black bears. But what do you do if you come across one? 

“The most important thing is not to panic. Chances are pretty good that they’re more scared of you or just as scared as you are, so maybe just talk calmly, try to back away the same way you came, and get to a secure place, whether it a vehicle, a house, or a shed,” Lambert explained. 

Joshua Lambert is a Natural Resource Police Officer. He said most of the calls they receive of bear sightings are because the bear is looking for food. 

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