A black bear has been seen roaming in Chapel Hill, including near a local elementary school, Chapel Hill police said.
Lt. Kevin Gunter, spokesman for Chapel Hill police, said the bear was first seen on the Finley Golf Course at about 10 a.m. and reported to the Durham Police Department. University campus police were then contacted.
The bear then traveled to an area behind Glennwood Elementary School, he said. Police contacted the school and warned officials of the bear.
Gunter said the police department has received three calls about the bear, the latest coming at around 12:30 p.m.
Police contacted officials at the North Carolina Wildlife Department, who instructed them not to approach the animal unless it was threatening human life, he said.