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"DaBear" on the move: Sightings in Richton

"DaBear" on the move "DaBear" on the move
PERRY COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Several sightings of a black bear have been reported in the Richton area since Sunday.

Wildlife authorities say it is the same bear captured last week near Highway 15 South in Jones County. The bear was fitted with a GPS tracking device and released back into the wild in an undisclosed location. They say it managed to travel more than 25-miles in less than a week to get to Richton.

"DaBear" was first spotted at a home on Jack Breland Road about two miles north of Richton Sunday. Thursday night it was spotted downtown and Friday morning at a home on Highway 42.

Sue Bates says she was walking down her driveway Sunday morning when she spotted the bear near the wood line.

"It wasn't moving it was just standing there, it frightened me so bad," said Bates. I went to find my husband out back and we called 911. We then went out to the front porch so I could take a picture. He then just slowly walked up past the mail box and disappeared into the woods."

"DaBear" is still on the loose and being tracked by GPS. Perry County authorities say it is no longer in the Richton area.

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