Black bear sighting on Hwy 28 East in Pineville

(Photo courtesy: Pineville Police Department)

PINEVILLE, La. (Pineville Police Department) - A black bear was sighted Thursday morning in the parking lot of 3300 LA Hwy 28 East, Jerry's Easy Pack, next to Gator's.

According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, this is the migratory season for young bears.

Authorities urge residents to take the proper precautions and bring outdoor pets indoors and secure food sources that are outside of your home. Bears will take advantage of open garbage cans and other open food sources.

If you see a bear, DO NOT chase or follow. Report sightings to the Pineville Police Department, Wildlife and Fisheries, or other local law enforcement officials.

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