Residents in Kinston amused by bear hanging out in tree


KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) Some exciting moments for some folks in Kinston on Wednesday.

A black bear was roaming one neighborhood and ended up in a truck for all to see.

The bear is still in the tree.

Many people in this neighborhood are shocked.

Residents have been outside all day taking photos.

Many people have driven through the area several times to stop taking pictures and check in the bear.

Neighbors spotted the bear around 8 a.m.

Some people are nervous and hoping the bear gets down safe.

“I’m kind of nervous because I’ve never been face to face with a bear before,” said LB Burney, Kinston resident. Yeah, I’m really nervous. And what has he been doing? Nothing just shifting positions not really doing nothing. I hope it comes down soon and I hope it comes down safe.”

Kinston police and wildlife are on the scene.

They have put up yellow tape around the area and blocked off the street.

9 On Your Side spoke to Kinston police they say they’ve gotten instruction from wildlife to wait until the bear comes down on its own.

Even though wildlife is on the scene, at the time they are not trying to capture the bear.

Police are urging the public to stay away from the bear.

Once the bear is comfortable it will come down on its own and go back into the woods.

They don’t want the bear to be agitated and run the risk of it coming down and attacking someone.

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