Resident encounters black bear during evening drive in South Dundas

Seen in photo above, a black bear spotted on Strader Road by Katrina Loucks. Courtesy photo

Snaps photo of animal off Strader Road

Kelsey Smith
Nation Valley News

MORRISBURG — Katrina Loucks of Stampville spotted a black beauty of a bear while driving alone on Strader Road around 8 p.m. last night.

She said, “I came around the corner and it was crossing the road slowly. As I got closer, it was spooked and went a bit faster. It went into the bush and stopped twice to look back at me.”

“I got about 35 feet from it then it went into the bush,” added Loucks, who snapped a shot with her cell phone after pulling over.

Loucks “wasn’t scared at all,” she reported, saying she was excited because she “just loves bears. So beautiful.” 

The animal was “was more afraid of me than I was of it,” she added.

If encountering a black bear in the wild, experts say, don’t turn your back and run, and back away slowly.

The encounter off Strader Rd. is the third South Dundas bear sighting reported to Nation Valley News this spring.

This article was edited to clarify that Loucks was safely inside a vehicle.


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