Town on alert after police chief has run-in with bear - Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | MyFoxHouston

Town on alert after police chief has run-in with bear

Posted: Updated:
NELSON, Ga. -

City officials in Nelson, Ga. are warning residents to "bear-proof" their homes after the police chief found himself face-to-paw with a black bear.

Chief Heath Mitchell says there have been close to a dozen sightings of bears in the past couple of weeks, but he was still surprised to get up within 10 feet of one.

"I wasn't scared. I was excited. Now, my hair may have been standing up like I had gel in it or something," Mitchell said.  

Mitchell saw the bear on Becky Ridler's porch. Ridler said that the bear managed to take the top off of some cat food and have a snack.

Neighbor Connie Law took photos of the bear from the end of the driveway but didn't get any closer.

"I was ready to run if need be," Law said.

Once the chief spooked the bear, it wandered across the street and tried to climb up a tree.

"Bless his heart, he fell off into the kudzu and off down into the mountains he ran," Mitchell said.

The chief is now warning people who live in Nelson to bear proof their homes.

"They're keeping their trash up. The dog food, cat food -- not leaving out. No food in their cars, Bears have been known to break in peoples cars," Mitchell said.

The Department of Natural Resources has given the chief some rubber bullet just in case he comes across another bear.

The chief says people need to remember that bears are more scared of us than we are of them. He says if anyone sees them in their front yard, just bang some pots and pans and make a lot of noises; typically, the bear will be on its way.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Texas Failing Special Needs Students says U.S. Dept of Education

    Texas Failing Special Needs Students says U.S. Dept of Education

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:24 AM EDT2014-07-29 04:24:38 GMT
    Folks in the Lone Star State spend a good bit of time barking about how lucky they are to live in Texas.Fair enough.But if you happen to be a child challenged with a disability Texas delivers far more shame than game."We are basically saying this is something that I'm willing to pay down the road rather than let these kids help themselves," said Robert Sanborn of the advocacy group Children at Risk.Unconvinced? Consider this - when it comes to teaching kids with special needs the U.S. Departm...
    Folks in the Lone Star State spend a good bit of time barking about how lucky they are to live in Texas.Fair enough.But if you happen to be a child challenged with a disability Texas delivers far more shame than game."We are basically saying this is something that I'm willing to pay down the road rather than let these kids help themselves," said Robert Sanborn of the advocacy group Children at Risk.Unconvinced? Consider this - when it comes to teaching kids with special needs the U.S. Departm...
  • Mother of 16-year-old shot in face demands justice

    Mother of 16-year-old shot in face demands justice

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:52 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:52:31 GMT
    While her daughter remains hospitalized Antonia Leblanc questions what police are doing about the teenage boy accused of shooting her daughter in the face. Randy Wallace has this only on fox report
    While her daughter remains hospitalized Antonia Leblanc questions what police are doing about the teenage boy accused of shooting her daughter in the face. Randy Wallace has this only on fox report
  • Woman's Body found During Search

    Woman's Body found During Search

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:28 PM EDT2014-07-29 00:28:47 GMT
    The body of a female has been found in North Harris County after a woman was reported missing in Houston over the weekend.The body was found on the 15,000 block of Bammel North Houston.The remains have not been identified but we arr told the body is female and there is an ongoing search effort to find a 43-year-old missing woman in northwest Harris County.Authorities say a man walking a dog found the body wrapped in a blanket off Concrete Drive.Texas EquuSearch volunteers were in the area loo...
    The body of a female has been found in North Harris County after a woman was reported missing in Houston over the weekend.The body was found on the 15,000 block of Bammel North Houston.The remains have not been identified but we arr told the body is female and there is an ongoing search effort to find a 43-year-old missing woman in northwest Harris County.Authorities say a man walking a dog found the body wrapped in a blanket off Concrete Drive.Texas EquuSearch volunteers were in the area loo...
Powered by WorldNow

KRIV FOX 26
4261 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

Phone: (713) 479-2801
Fax: (713) 479-2859

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices