Black bear spotted in downtown Newport

Posted July 10, 2013, at 12:57 p.m.
Last modified July 10, 2013, at 3:20 p.m.
A bear runs across High Street in Newport Wednesday July 10th.
Photo courtesy of Debi Swift
A bear runs across High Street in Newport Wednesday July 10th.

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NEWPORT, Maine — A black bear has been spotted roaming around the town of Newport this week.

Police received reports of a small black bear seen in town on Tuesday evening and on Wednesday morning, said Newport Police Chief Leonard Macdaid.

The bear was spotted near the Vic Firth drumstick factory on High Street about 9:15 Wednesday morning, he said. One Newport resident snapped a picture of it while in her car, but Newport police and Maine game wardens were unable to find the bear.

“It crossed in front of Vic Firth and ran up through a [snowmobile parking lot],” said Debi Swift, owner of Endless Herbs and Natural Foods in Newport. “It ran behind a house and turned up North Street and came out into a yard.”

The bear then ran in front of Swift and she snapped a picture.

On Tuesday, the bear was spotted near the Riverside Cemetery on the Cemetery Road, said Macdaid. A woman saw it while walking her dog.

Macdaid said he doesn’t believe the bear is sick, but does think it is lost.

“I have no concern or worry [for residents],” he said. “It’s probably more scared of you than you are of it.”

Macdaid asked anyone who spots the bear to call 911 or the Newport Police Department at 368-3263.

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