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Black Bear Casually Struts Across Busy Road in Downtown Asheville

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A black bear was seen casually crossing a street in Downtown Asheville on Thursday, April 21.

Video recorded by Stephen Collins shows the large animal, wearing a tracking collar, seemingly looking both ways before making its way across a pedestrian crosswalk.

In a Facebook post, Asheville Police Department said it appreciated the “law-abiding” bear but warned residents to be “aware of their surroundings” amid a rise in bear sitings.

Collins said the police did a “great job” escorting the bear away from the “busy traffic”. Credit: Stephen Collins via Storyful

Video transcript

- Remove.

- Yip.

- What are you going to say?

- It's a pig in a poke.

- Go, bear. Let's see you move.

- Go get them.

- He's in your crosswalk.

- He needs food. Bear, here.

- Remove.

- Yip.

- What are you going to say?

- It's a pig in a poke.

- Go, bear. Let's see you move.

- Go get them.

- He's in your crosswalk.

- He needs food. Bear, here.

- Remove.

- Yip.

- What are you going to say?

- It's a pig in a poke.

- Go, bear. Let's see you move.

- Go get them.

- He's in your crosswalk.

- He need food. Bear, here.

- Remove.

- Yip.

- What are you going to say?

- It's a pig in a poke.

- Go, bear. Let's see you move.

- Go get them.

- He's in your crosswalk.

- He need food. Bear, here.

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