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Black bear visits Bardstown area

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) -- In eastern Kentucky, the sighting of black bears is not unusual, but around Bardstown, where our Old Kentucky Home is located, they're an oddity.

In the first confirmed sighting of a black bear in Nelson County in more than two decades, an immature male was seen in the Greenbriar area during the weekend.

He had been seen late last week near Manton in adjacent Washington County.

State conservation officer Mike Stephenson says the bear weighs about 125-to-150 pounds and is about two-and-a-half feet tall. He's believed to be about a year old.

Stephenson says this one may have been run out of his home territory by another dominant bear, or has extended his range as he seeks food during recent drought conditions. A bear with a similar description was also seen in Green County recently. There has also been a sighting on Highway 210 in Taylor County and another one in Barren County, but it is not confirmed that it's the same bear.

What do you do if you see a black bear? Take a picture, point him out to friends, but don't shoot him. Black bears are federally protected.