NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - 8-year-old Kylee Cook and her father Cory have quite a view from their backyard. Across the Warwick River is a game reserve that spreads out into Fort Eustis. So you wouldn't think it would be that unusual to see a bear in these here parts. You wouldn't think so, but it sure surprised Cory.
"Been here probably 12 years and first time I've ever seen a bear," said Cook. "I mean it's just unheard of."
"A lot of times I'll come out in the morning and there's a lot of wildlife here, but to my surprise today was something really special," said Dr. Tim O'Connell, the first to spot the bear.
O'Connell has been here for more than 20 years, and this was the first time he's seen a bear approaching the back yard.
"...right on the water's edge right over there. He must of come from inside the woods," said O'Connell.
Cook says he watched the bear for a time, but the animal was encouraged to leave by another member of the canine family.
"I have a Cockerspaniel," said Cook. "I'm sure it wasn't the warmest of welcomes with the barking, and the bear just decided he didn't want any part of it so he started going back to the woods."
Both men got pictures of the bear as he made his retreat and shared the photographs with 10 On Your Side so that we could share them with you. Wildlife sightings are actually one of the reasons Cook and his family like living here, but this might have been just a little too wild.
"I didn't bargain for this," said Cook. "I didn't know he lived in the neighborhood, but in a way I'm delighted, and as long as he stays on his side, you know, we're all good."
Cook did call a game warden to report the sighting, who he said told him that on this same day, a bear was spotted near a neighborhood in Williamsburg and in Virginia Beach.
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