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May 29, 2013

Black bear spotted on Bluefield College campus

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A black bear has been spotted on the campus of Bluefield College in Bluefield, Va.

Kelly Somers, director of residence life and counseling services, said the bear came off the mountain behind the school around 8:15 p.m. Monday, walked through the Alumni Hall parking lot, ran up the hill and then ran along the side of Rish Hall. Somers said the bear eventually made his way across College Drive.

“We do have a few students on campus and the New Opportunity School for Women, but they live in East River Hall on the other side of campus,” Somers said.

Somers and her fiancé Caleb Bittler communicated with BC’s campus security and alerted students through text messages about the bear.

Law enforcement agencies in Tazewell County, neighboring Buchanan County, and back across the state line in McDowell County have had calls about nuisance bears, too.

One Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher said bears have been “flat horrible.” A month ago, a bear dragged a freezer off her porch and broke it open.

In McDowell County, Natural Resource Police Officer J.D. Lambert advised homeowners not to leave garbage or pet food outdoors because it will attract hungry bears. When trash is left outside, it should be in a secure trash can.

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