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Pevely Residents Keep Eye Out For Bears

Pevely Police Chief Tony Moutray tells KMOX that they're taking the black bear sighting seriously.

June 12, 2018 - 5:10 pm
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PEVELY, Mo. (KMOX) - Pevely police are asking residents to remain on the lookout after a bear was sighted, and photographed, at a mobile home park Monday night.


 
Pevely Police Chief Tony Moutray tells KMOX that they're taking the black bear sighting seriously.

The bear was photographed in a backyard at Weier Mobile Home Park. "Please bring all pets inside and pick up any pet food you may have sitting out," the department's Facebook post says.

The chief says within the last 24 hours, they've received a report of a woman who claims she was chased by a black bear at the mobile home park.

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Jessica Benson lives around the corner from where the bear was spotted with her grade school-aged daughter, who she kept home today.
 
"She walks to the bus stop, and for me, I just didn't want to take any risk," she said.


 
Another neighbor said he won't take out the trash at night anymore, unless he looks around first with a flash light.

The attitude of many of the park's residents: This is a part of living the country - live and let live. Others say everyone is packing a gun.