ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. – The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning after several sightings of a small black bear in the Wentworth area.

Read: Watch Out For Bears! Bear Sighting In Wentworth

The Sheriff’s Office said its School Resource Officers (SRO) and deputies will be adding extra patrols in the mornings and afternoons at schools in the area as a result of the bear sightings.

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Sheriff Page has also reached out to the NC Wildlife about the reported sightings.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind you of the following:

2.) Dial 9-1-1 and let the dispatchers know of the bear's last known location so they can take the appropriate action, if any is warranted.
3.) Remain Calm. (The bear is actually more scared of you than you are of it)
4.) If you film the bear, do so FROM A SAFE DISTANCE.

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