Bear still roaming in Port Allen neighborhood Monday


John Summers snapped this photo of the bear in his tree on Sunday morning.
Courtesy of John Summers

PORT ALLEN, La. (The West Side Journal) – Authorities say the bear spotted roaming The Oaks neighborhood in Port Allen Sunday is still loose. The 200-pound bear was spotted in a yard on Avenue G in the early morning hours Monday. 

Officers lost sight of him as he ducked between houses. 

Wildlife and Fisheries agents called off their efforts to trap the bear late Sunday after he climbed in a tree on Oaks Ave. and S, Jefferson Ave.

Authorities are urging residents to remain vigilant by checking their porch and surroundings before going outside. The bear may be hiding in trees. 

If you see the bear roaming around in the area, call the Port Allen Police Department 225-343-5525. 

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The West Side Journal, located in Port Allen, Louisiana serves as the official journal of West Baton Rouge Parish. The newspaper’s roots run deep in the West Baton Rouge community, as the earliest dates of publication reach back to the mid-1800s.

The current editor is Breanna Smith, an alumna of Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication and native of Baton Rouge. Contributing writers to the Journal are members of the West Side community.

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