A viewer-submitted photo shows a black bear in a Centerville neighborhood.
This certainly isn’t the first bear sighting in St. Mary Parish.
According to the viewer, she was awakened by the sound of the bear at her front door as the bear was trying to get to her trash can.
Residents are urged to use bear-proof garbage cans and to keep them locked.
Officials say bear encounters are becoming more frequent as coastal erosion pushes wildlife further north.
Here is what you need to know on how to successfully coexist with Louisiana black bears.