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Black bear spotted in Narragansett

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NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — A black bear was spotted in Narragansett Monday morning.

In a video sent in via ReportIt!, the bear can be seen strolling through a yard near Oxeye Trail and Bridgetown Road.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) said anyone who sees a bear should report it.

“The presence of a bear in a backyard will not necessarily require or justify its removal or other action,” the DEM said in a statement. “Given the opportunity, the bear will find its way out of an area.”

The DEM provided some tips about what to do if you see or encounter a bear:

  • Remember that a bear’s behavior can be unpredictable.
  • Stay calm and remember that most bears do not want to attack you, they usually just want to be left alone.
  • Do NOT allow the bear access to your food. Getting your food will only encourage the bear and make the problem worse for others.
  • If the bear is stationary, move away slowly and sideways. This allows you to keep an eye on the bear and avoid tripping.

For more tips on what to do if you see a bear, click here.

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