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Waynesboro Sees Unusually High Number of Bears

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Bears are on the brain for Waynesboro police officers. They say they've taken an unusually high number of calls about them this week.

Earlier in the week, a cub got stuck in a tree. Thursday morning, a mother bear and several cubs were caught up in the branches of another neighbor's backyard.

A man living on Woodlawn Circle called police around 9 a.m. to report seeing a black bear climb up a tree and join several cubs. He said at first it was an interesting sight, but when he saw several house pets approach, he grew worried.

That incident follows a similar one on Tuesday. A 25-pound cub leaped across Route 340 and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries had to tranquilize it to get it safely out of the tree.

"We urge citizens: don't feed the bears because it's going to pull them out of their habitat down here where they really cannot acclimate to all the cars and the cats and the dogs and the people," said Sgt. Brian Edwards with the Waynesboro Police Department.

About 50 calls have come in over since Monday about bears. Experts say there's a chance that the sighting Thursday morning could be related to the one earlier this week.

The best thing to do if you find yourself staring a bear in the face is to go indoors, bring the pets inside and call 911 or the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

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