North Carolina is still a partial wilderness even though it has been settled since 1704.
Garner, N.C. — Children were being kept inside two Garner schools Wednesday morning after a bear was seen in the area, Wake County schools spokesman Greg Thomas said.
The bear was most recently seen at Garner Magnet High School. It walked along a fence surrounding the football and baseball practice fields, then headed west.
Raleigh Animal Control officers first got several calls about a bear near Woodland and Kelly roads around 8 a.m. About a half-hour later, Garner police got calls about a bear in woods near Hall Boulevard.
Officers spotted the bear themselves, then called state wildlife officers and notified nearby residents by phone.
Students are being kept inside Garner Magnet High School and Timber Drive Elementary School as a precaution, Thomas said. Vandora Springs Elementary School has resumed operating as normal.
Earlier, Timber Drive and Vandora Springs were under a Code Yellow lockdown, meaning that all the doors were locked while classes and indoor activities continued as usual.
Police urged people to leave the bear alone.