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Black bear spotted in Hardin County neighborhood

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HARDIN COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- There are mixed feelings of excitement and fear after a black bear was caught on camera wandering through a neighborhood in Glendale.

Video shows the bear walking near Mud Splash Road near the Andover subdivision around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

“My husband calls me on the phone, kind of out of breath. He said, ‘a black bear just went out in front of me on 222’,” Delana Blackstone said.

Blackstone thought her husband might be kidding, but when she saw the video he had taken, she knew it was real.

“I was pretty excited about the fact that there was a bear in Hardin County. You don’t hear that every day,” Blackstone said. “Literally, it was in someone’s front yard.”

That front yard belonged to Helga Coogle. She was inside sleeping at the time, but later in the day, she learned what she had missed.

“A gentleman pulled up to show me the video and said, ‘hey, did you know there was a bear in your yard, today?’” Coogle said.

Concerned for her child and her pets, Coogle says she watched the video over and over.

“It wasn’t in a hurry. It was just, I’d say, moseying along right next to cars. Then it went into the cornfields like it knew exactly where it was going,” Coogle said.

John Hast is the Bear Program Coordinator with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. He says this is likely a male black bear.

“What we see during this time of year is the younger males and middle-aged males that might not have dominance in the breeding range will get kicked out of that area, and they tend to go on long forays, looking for mates and food, or other habitat,” Hast said.

Based on witness accounts, Hast says the bear doesn’t appear to be violent or dangerous.

His advice is to leave the bear alone, so that it won’t bother you.

This time of year, Hast says black bears are spotted daily in southeastern Kentucky. He says that is where the bear will likely head next.

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