The bear sightings from across central Kentucky – including at least one on UK’s campus – haven’t stopped. A black bear was spotted for the second time in the past week in a neighborhood in Richmond earlier Wednesday. Don’t be alarmed – the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife is here to help.
John Hast, the department’s bear program coordinator and the state’s leading authority on Kentucky’s black bears, took to twitter to provide concerned Kentuckian’s with a quick update and some helpful tips. He confirmed there have been sightings of a “handful of bears” across central Kentucky, specifically referencing Fayette, Franklin, Hardin, Jessamine, Madison, Marion and Shelby Counties.
However, Hast says there’s no reason to be alarmed. In fact…
“This is not unusual,” Hast says. “At this point of the year, it’s possible to have a bear spotted anywhere in the state.”
The bear expert added these animals typically spend the summer exploring new territories, and they pose little danger to people or livestock. Still, you should never feed or approach a bear. If a bear has been spotted in your area, keep your food (including garbage, pet food and bird feeders) secured inside.
Only call law enforcement if the bear is posing an immediate danger. If you’re the one who spots the bear in your area, you should report the sighting to the department via phone or email.
To watch Hast’s full message, check out the video here:
Following recent reports of bear sightings in parts of central Kentucky, Bear Program Coordinator John Hast provided an update today and also reiterated some #BearWise tips.https://t.co/qUkZNmaIbb pic.twitter.com/LFAhDDwKTf
— KY Fish & Wildlife (@kyfishwildlife) July 8, 2020
Stay safe out there, friends.