Bear shows up at downtown Pocola shopping center

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 10, 2012
POCOLA — What's there to do for a bear in downtown Pocola? Plenty, apparently.

Residents in the Le Flore County town spotted the bear Wednesday morning as it went from shop to shop, occasionally stopping to admire its own reflection in storefront windows.

Residents told Tulsa television station KOTV that the bear made stops at a Sonic restaurant, a tanning salon and a chiropractor's office before scampering across a highway and into the woods.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife suspects the bear was scouting out trash bins in search of a free meal.

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