POSTED: Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 12:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Security footage shows a large bear lumbering down a Cranston, Rhode Island street early Tuesday morning.
The animal has been spotted in more than a half dozen Cranston locations, leaving some residents a little rattled.
Experts say there's no need to be worried.
Charlie Brown is a wildlife biologist working the case for the state Department of Environmental Management's Division of Fish and Wildlife.
"People should not panic if they see a bear," Brown said. "They should not approach a bear, and certainly don't try and feed a bear. Feeding a bear is not a good idea."
Brown said bears are becoming increasingly common in New England, but not necessarily in Rhode Island.
"Bears are venturing into Rhode Island. We get transient bears here from time to time," Brown said. "Cranston is a little unusual."
If you live in or near Cranston, Brown offered some advice.
"Be cognizant of bird feeders, compost piles, even your grills and other things that might have either food attractants or smell attractants," Brown said.
The DEM is prepared should the bear begin to pose a problem.
"If the bear has to be moved someplace, then we'll take that into consideration," Brown said.