CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mitch Carriker saw something unexpected on his drive to work Tuesday morning.
"I took the picture because I thought nobody believe me," Carriker said.
Carriker was driving along old Highway 74 in Marshville when he saw a black bear.
He pulled over, got out a camera and snapped a picture and sent it in to Eyewitness News.
"I put my phone out the window and took a picture of it and he just stood there and let me take a picture of him," Carriker said.
That was as close as he was willing to get, but he said just seeing a black bear in the area seemed unusual. However, wildlife experts said they're not surprised.
"A lot of times especially during mating season, which we're in the middle of right now, are going to travel long distances to find mates, especially males," said wildlife expert Bonnie Clark.
This is the third sighting of black bears in the Charlotte area this week.
One was spotted Saturday in Concord and another Monday in the same area of Union County.
Clark said they're generally not aggressive, but you shouldn't get too close.
"Never approach one. I mean they're just moving through trying to find food, a mate or a home. They're not really looking to interact with people," said Clark.
If you do see one, don't feed it, he said.
Clark said if they associate food with people, they will keep coming back.