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Possible bear tracks found in Sapulpa

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Posted at 2:13 PM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 15:23:58-04

SAPULPA — Sapulpa resident Megan Bell says her and her fiance, Michael Owens, were walking at Kelly Lane Park in Sapulpa on Saturday morning and found what they thought might be bear tracks.

Bell says while they were walking they heard some rustling noise coming from the brush which made them a bit nervous. Therefore, Bell says they decided to leave.

The next day Bell and Owens decided to go back to Kelly Lane Park but picked a new trail to walk that went along Rock Creek.

While on this new trail, Bell says they found paw prints with claw marks about 5-6 inches wide.

Bell thought these might be bear tracks, so they decided to take photos of the prints and sent them to the Creek County Game Warden.

Karlin Bailey, Game Warden for Creek County Sapulpa, says he was contacted and sent photos of the prints by Bell and Owens a couple days ago.

Bailey says although they haven't confirmed these are bear paw prints, they possibly could be.

Bailey says it doesn't surprise him either because they've had reports of bear in the Sapulpa area over the last few years.

Bailey suggested if people make noise while they are hiking they most likely will never see a bear.

Bailey says that all bears native to Oklahoma are black bear.

For more information on bear encounters in Oklahoma, click here.

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