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Talk of the town: Bear sighting in Coopersville

Jaleesa Irizarry/WZZM-TV • May 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM

COOPERSVILLE — A bear spotted in Coopersville on Tuesday morning has quickly become the talk of the town.

The bear was reportedly seen south of Randall Street. The sighting prompted a soft lockdown at Coopersville East Elementary School.

The lockdown was lifted soon after the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office was able to guide the bear away from town and into a rural area.

Even though the bear may now be gone, many in the area can't stop talking about it.

"I guess I was here drinking coffee and someone said, 'Oh, they saw a bear in town,'" Coopersville resident Thomas Muller said.

The bear sighting was a hot topic at Coopersville East Elementary, causing quite the controversy for some of the kids.

"Our granddaughter's in first grade," Donna Muller said. "One of them last night at the soccer game said, 'Grandma! Did you know we couldn't go outside? Because there was a bear! Grandma! There was a bear — did you hear me? There was a bear!'"

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said they received a call from the Sheriff's Office about the incident. The DNR advised the deputy to monitor the bear, but do not approach it.

The bear eventually made its way south of town.

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