LOWELL, Mich. (WOOD) - A black bear was seen near Lowell Monday -- a day after a similar bear was spotted in a residential neighborhood in Greenville.
Tamara and Steve Norton, who live about five miles north of Lowell spotted the animal and contacted ReportIt.
-- The second and third videos above are courtesy the Nortons via ReportIt; the f ourth video is courtesy Brad Krause via ReportIt --
The Nortons said they also contacted the Department of Natural Resources.
There are between 15,000 and 19,000 black bears in Michigan but only 10% live in the Lower Peninsula and most live in the northern Lower Peninsula, according to the DNR.
However, authorities say, it is becoming increasingly common to see black bears in the southern part of the Lower Peninsula.
John Niewoonder of the DNR told 24 Hour News 8 on Monday, in regards to the Greenville bear, that bears enter populated areas in search of food.
"Black bears do not want to mess with you. They just want to find something to eat, and it's not you," Niewoonder said.
He recommended residents keep an eye on trash cans, dumpsters and bird feeders -- like the one in the Nortons' yard that the bear pulled down, seen in the video.
It is not yet known if the black bear seen near Lowell is the same bear seen in Greenville Sunday. The distance between where the bear was seen in Greenville and where it was seen near Lowell is about 15 miles.
The black bear in Greenville on Sunday was estimated to be between 2 and 4 years old, and about 150 to 170 pounds, according to the DNR.
If you see a bear in your neighborhood you should not approach it, and instead call the DNR or local authorities.
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