Walker Police Officer hugs bear statue

A black bear that has been spotted roaming around the city of Walker, near Grand Rapids, is still making its rounds; and now police are having a bit of fun with it, while issuing a safety message.

The bear has been checking out bird feeders and doing some dumpster diving since early this month.

The department said while it’s a bit out of the ordinary, the DNR said there is no cause for alarm at this time since there have been no reports of it being aggressive or a true nuisance animal.

The DNR is continuing to monitor the bear’s movement, but at this time there is no plan to relocate it.

While officials wait for the bear to move on, they posted a picture of an officer hugging a bear statue, saying “As Officer Kremers is demonstrating, the only bear you should be approaching is a fake one.”

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