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Black bear sightings on rise in central, eastern Kentucky this spring
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 7:29 AM EDT
Black bears sightings are being reported over a wide swath of eastern and central Kentucky in recent days.
Wildlife experts say bear activity increases in June and July as young bears go out on their own for the first time and older males look for mates.
Most encounters are in rural regions, but a bear was spotted recently near businesses in Richmond.
Experts say they expected black bear encounters to increase this year in eastern Kentucky, which had nearly 600 documented sightings last year.
If a bear is encountered, officials say people can usually scare them away with loud noises.
Information from: WKYT-TV, http://www.wkyt.com