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Black bear spotted near creek in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo resident Mike Troy says he took this picture with his phone after the bear left his porch Wednesday night.
San Luis Obispo resident Mike Troy says he took this picture with his phone after the bear left his porch Wednesday night.

A large bear was reported wandering around the creek area in San Luis Obispo last night and early this morning.

Police were called about a bear sighting in the 1500 block of Marsh Street around 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release. Officers went to the area and confirmed that a black bear weighing about 200 to 250 pounds was ambling around, mostly in the creek area between Pacific and Marsh streets and Santa Rosa and Toro streets.

Officers were able to stop the bear from heading closer to downtown, according to the news release, and the bear was eventually driven northeast along the creek toward a more rural area.

Around 6 a.m. Thursday, another bear sighting was reported in the area of Spring and Flora. The bear was reportedly heading toward the backyard of a home that backs up against a large open space area, according to police.

The bear did not seem overly aggressive, police said, warning that bears can be unpredictable if startled. If you spot a bear, San Luis Obispo police ask that you call 911 and get to a safe area.

Police released the following image taken from video of the bear walking around San Luis Obispo:

A still image taken from video of the bear walking around San Luis Obispo.

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