The Lee County Sheriff's office says it's received several calls regarding a black bear in the Lake Harding area.
Sheriff Jay Jones says on June 18th, officers were called out to a house on Lee Road 798 near Lake Harding. "When deputies arrived on scene, there was about a 200 pound black bear up in the tree," said Jones. The bear was chased by a dog when it climbed the tree. Deputies said eventually the bear came down from the tree and took off.
Jones said they were also contacted on June 16th about a black bear in the area. "We've been in contact with other agencies about the bears," said Jones. The Lee County Sheriff's office reminds citizens not to come into contact with the bear for safety reasons. "The bears are not dangerous if you don't come into contact with them," said Jones.
1. Do not attempt to touch the bear
2. Contact your local law enforcement agency if you think you are in danger
3. Bears are generally not going to approach you, so do not try to approach the bear
4. Do not feed the bear
Opelika police have also received calls regarding a black bear in the area. Sheriff Jones said they do not know how many bears are in the area.