BENTON, Ark.(KTHV)- Black bear sightings are on the rise in Arkansas.
Case in point was a black bear spotted behind Harps Grocery in Benton on Tuesday.
The story picked up steam on social media after the Benton Police Department shared pictures and video that a resident took of the bear wandering down the road.
It was a rare sighting for Josh Jones inside the Benton city limits.
"I saw some movement out of the corner of my eye, so I started slowing down and then he just ran out in the middle of the street."
That's when Jones says his trip to the grocery store Tuesday afternoon got a lot more exciting.
"Holy cow, black bear here in the middle of town."
Lt. Kevin Russell with Benton police says that's when his department received a photo of the bear.