CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (WOWK) — A bear was spotted wandering a Kentucky neighborhood Tuesday night.
The black bear was caught by a Ring doorbell camera at a home on Route 3 in the Catlettsburg area of Boyd County. The video from resident Madison Battista shows the bear coming up onto her porch and checking out some boxes of flooring before leaving.
This sighting comes just days after residents of the South Hills neighborhood in Charleston, West Virginia, caught a video of a large black bear roaming around their community. Witnesses said the bear looked like it was 8–9 feet tall. One person said they saw the bear standing on their front lawn leaning on a tree before it ventured on minutes later.
Earlier in May, the principal at Zela Elementary School in Nicholas County, West Virginia, got quite the surprise at a dumpster, and another black bear played “ding-dong ditch” at a Fairmont home.
On May 22, the Ceredo Police Department in Wayne County, West Virginia, also posted on Facebook, alerting of several bear sightings over the past 10 days in the Walker’s Branch, Briarcliff, and Crescent Hill areas. It said the Division of Natural Resources has been notified of the sightings.
According to the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife, the core population of bears is concentrated in the Pine, Cumberland, and Black Mountain areas within Harlan, Letcher, and Pike counties. The department said bears are becoming more prevalent in McCreary and its surrounding counties.
For more information about bears in Kentucky, including how to prevent any from showing up on your doorstep, visit fw.ky.gov/Wildlife/Pages/Black-Bears.aspx.
Camille Hantla contributed to this story.