by BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Police in Bluefield responded to a reported black bear sighting Thursday afternoon on Cherry Street in the vicinity of the parking lot of Fresenius Medical Care of the Two Virginias.
Fresenius and Bluefield Regional Medical Center share a common entrance off Cherry Street.
“When I heard the page that there was a bear loose near the hospital, I initiated a code three response,” Patrolman M.L. Ramsey of the Bluefield Police Department said. “When I arrived here, I saw the (back side) of the bear go up that hill into the woods.
“I only saw it for a few seconds,” Ramsey said. “It was not huge, but it was still a pretty good-sized bear.” He said it appeared to be a juvenile bear.
“I don’t know if the bear was spotted inside the parking lot, or outside of the fence beside the road,” Ramsey said.
“We have had a bear knocking the lids off the garbage cans at the police firing range,” Ramsey said. “This might be the same one.”
Residents of Bluefield, Va., have contacted authorities about a bear going through trash cans in residential sections of the community. Bluefield, Va., Police Chief Harry Cundiff recommended that residents should not set their garbage out overnight and should wait until garbage crews are on their street before taking household trash to the street.
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