Black bears sighted near Middlesboro, Ky.

Black bears sighted near Middlesboro, Ky.

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MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) - National park officials in eastern Kentucky say bears have returned to Middlesboro and along the periphery of the city.

Cumberland Gap National Park Biologist Jenny Beeler says bears aren't new to the area and should be considered dangerous if encountered.

Chief Ranger Dick Wiley told The Daily News that people shouldn't feed or approach the bears.

Bears are naturally fearful of people. They do most of their roaming at night.

Rangers ask that people begin to be more cautionary with things like their garbage. Taking garbage out on the day of pick-up is very helpful. If garbage must be left outside, store it in a bear-resistant container.

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