VALLEY, Ala — Police say a black bear spotted in Lanett Monday is now in Valley and was seen near the intersection of County Road 388 and Judge Brown Road.
Valley police say the bear has moved through several backyards, but still hasn’t caused any property damage. Game wardens have been notified and are monitoring the bear’s movements.
Police say there are no plans to take action against the bear unless it presents a danger to people or moves into a well populated area.
Black bears are a protected species in Alabama so wildlife officials say anyone who sees one should report a bear sighting but stay away. The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) office says shooting a black bear can result in jail time and a minimum $2000 fine and shooting at a black bear can be punished with potential loss of hunting and fishing license privileges for three years and possible jail time.
What should you do if you encounter/observe a black bear? WFF offers these suggestions:
- Do not be frightened.
- Do not approach the animal.
- Do not run from the bear; back away slowly.
- Stand tall and upright and make loud noises.
- Avoid direct eye contact with the bear.
- Make sure the bear has an unobstructed direction to escape.
- Never purposely feed a bear.
- Never approach a bear with cubs; this will provoke an attack.