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Black bear sighting at Cave Run Lake

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Posted at 10:15 PM, Jul 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-14 22:15:18-04

LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) — A Rowan County man had an unusual sighting outside of his business Sunday morning.

Dan Hook spotted a black bear in the parking lot across the street of Hook Outdoors in Morehead. His business is located at Cave Run Lake.

Hook says this is the first one he has seen in the nearly 100 years his family has owned the property.

"I just happened to look over my shoulder and I thought oh, that's a big dog and then I turned back around and I thought that's no dog. I couldn't get the key in the lock fast enough to get in the store, said Hook."

Kentucky's Department of Fish and Wildlife says black bear numbers are on the rise.

Hook caught the sighting on camera and posted it to social media. He is shocked by the public's reaction.

"We are at 71,046 views and it has been shared 1700 times," said Hook.

Hook says he will be extra observant when he is out on his morning and nightly walks.