A full-grown black bear was spotted in South Charlotte last night. At about midnight, several shoppers spotted a bear walking among the cars in front of the Stonecrest shopping center.
According to WCNC, everyone scattered once the word of the sighting spread.
No injuries were reported.
— NBC Charlotte (@wcnc) June 27, 2018
Bear sightings have been increasing around the Charlotte area over the past couple years.
Last May, a large black bear was spotted rummaging through neighborhood trash cans in Waxhaw, and last fall, an elderly woman chased one out of her yard in Iredell County.
Officials with the NC Wildlife Resource Commission are warning residents around Charlotte and Raleigh that as development continues to encroach on the bear’s natural habits, sightings and possibly even encounters will follow suit.