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Five Mile residents say a bear is on the loose

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This man spotted a bear in the Five Mile area. This man spotted a bear in the Five Mile area.
SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

One local neighborhood in the Spokane area says they have a real bear of a problem. They say a wild animal has been wandering their neighborhood, scrounging for food. The neighborhood in question is off of Country Homes, in the Five Mile area of Spokane. 

The Department of Fish and Wildlife says the reason wild animals are in residential areas is because a severe drought in Washington state has forced them to forge for food. They also say our devastating wildfires pushed bears out of their homes and into neighborhoods. If you do see a bear in your neighborhood, they say leave it alone, and give them a call. Fortunately, they say a black bear attacking human is extremely unlikely.

 Of course, use caution if you are around any wild animal, and  don't provoke it. They say it's not a bad idea to carry bear spray if you think one might be lurking around.The Department of Fish and Wildlife says going out of your way to shoot an animal in a neighborhood like this is illegal, but if its in self defense it is allowed.

For more information on bears in residential areas, go here: http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/bears.html

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