A black bear is playing hide-and-go-seek with Richmond police.
The bear initially was sighted Sunday night wandering through back yards on the north side of Richmond, and residents reported seeing it again around 8 a.m. Monday, Assistant Police Chief Robert Mott said.
All the sightings were reported in the area around Keystone Drive and North Keeneland Drive, according to Mott.
"You can imagine that when people wake up and see a bear out in the yard, they start calling in," he said. "Everybody thinks it's a big deal, but you have to remember that we have the Daniel Boone National Forest just south of us here."
A search for the bear Sunday night ended when it ran off into some woods. Mott said he hopes that if officers continue to confront the bear, it will move on to less populated areas.
"They're not interested in hurting anybody, so once you kind of confront them, they will run off," he said. "We've had them around before. In the past couple of years bears have been a little more common than people think."