West Virginia Division of Natural Resources officers have received a call of a black bear near the Ashton Place shopping center in South Hills.
A district wildlife biologist has driven out to the shopping center to see if he can locate the wandering bear, said Chris Ryan, a supervisor of game management services for the agency.
The bear was not making a nuisance of itself and had just been spotted by passersby, Ryan said. He was unsure exactly what time the sighting had occurred.
It is not unusual to see black bears in that portion of Charleston, Ryan said.
"I've caught black bears up behind Walmart before," he said.
He has also trapped black bears in the area of George Washington High School and John Adams Middle School.Ryan said the DNR typically receives around 1,000 calls a year for black bear complaints and sightings.