PEVELY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The Pevely Police Department is warning residents not to panic after a bear was spotted in a mobile home park.
The department said one, possibly two, bears were seen at the Weier Mobile Home community.
Police were contacted by the manager of the trailer park who said one resident claimed a bear knocked over his trash can and another claimed a bear charged at her.
"One of the residents came up to him shaking like a leaf on a tree is how he explained to us and said she had been chased by a bear," said Chief Tony Moutray.
Officials are urging residents to bring pets inside and pick up any pet food that may be sitting out. They also said they are in contact with local conservation and will keep residents updated as they learn more.
"Sat on my porch with the lights on and a flashlight," said trailer park resident Bruce Rekate.
According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, this is the peak season when young bears are on the move looking for new territory, a mate and food. The Conservation Department also said bears have a sense of smell that's ten times better than dogs.
A black bear seen in St. Francois County recently is believed to be the same bear seen near Festus a few days later. A spokesman for the Conservation Department said it's possible the bear also traveled to Pevely.
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