An area woman had a surprise visitor to her area.
On her way home from work on Thursday (Jun.14) at around 3:00 p.m., Strathcona County resident Shannon Schmidt saw a black bear.
"He seemed tentative to me, he wasn't aggressive. But I was staying really far back because I didn't know what to do," said Schmidt about the experience.
Being a tight-knit area, Schmidt texted close-by friends and went to tell her neighbours to take in their pets. Two teenagers were home at the time.
"She's getting her pets in and it (the bear) was standing in their yard. Standing up! When it stood up I realized 'wow this is so cool and kinda scary at the same time.'"
The black bear slowly moved along Township Road 514A (adjacent to Highway 14). It dodged through the area driveways by Range Road 223.
Schmidt kept a close eye on the bear. She then called Alberta Fish and Wildlife and warned a school bus driving by. It was just after when the animal took off.
The mother of three described the bear as a teenager. Saying he "wasn't a baby or full-grown."
Alberta Fish and Wildlife claim bear sightings in the area are pretty common. They told Schmidt if it wasn't being aggressive, to let nature take its course and it'll find its way out of the area.
As for the neighbourhood, there's varying opinions.
"Most people are like 'that's cool, that's awesome.' Some people are like 'lock up your children, cats and dogs, cause there's a bear!'"
She admits if it was a cougar she would've been more afraid.
"When you're traveling to B.C. if you see one for 10 seconds you're lucky. To see one on my road was crazy-awesome."
Schmidt kept an eye on the bear for about 45 minutes.
At around 4 p.m., Alberta Fish and Wildlife let Schmidt know the bear had moved to a new area. It was traveling east.

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