Four bears spotted in Chesapeake tree

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Posted at 8:39 AM, Dec 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-28 09:50:16-05

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - One neighbor got a few surprises in a tree next door to her when she woke up on Monday!

She spotted four bears in a tree on Bruin Drive which is near Western Branch High School in Chesapeake.

Neighbor and resident Tracy Abbott told News 3 these bears were in their neighbor's tree as of Monday morning.

News 3 arrived at the scene and could see the bears slowly moving from branch to branch, though it appeared they were quite comfortable.

"I’m a little concerned, because when they come down, where are they going to go? Is our street going to stay blocked off the entire time," wondered Abbott who has four small dogs that she's keeping inside. "Is animal control going to camp out here until it’s time?"

Chesapeake Police blocked off Bruin Street because of safety reasons. They also moved our crews back further, because it looked like one of the bears was coming down as of 10:45 a.m. However, as of later afternoon, all four bears remained in the tree. Officials say the street will remain closed until all bears are removed from the tree, which is expected to be after nightfall.

Bruin Drive will remain closed between Morningside Drive and Mapleton Crescent until the bears come down.

Animal control and Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources personnel were called.

The bears came down from the tree late Monday night.

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