BLUEFIELD, Va. (AP) - Bluefield residents are being asked to take precautions because of an unwelcome visitor in the southwest Virginia town.

A bear has been wandering around Bluefield for several weeks.

Town manager Mike Watson tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the bear has been sighted around Town Hall and in several neighborhoods.

Watson says residents shouldn't feed wild animals because it encourages them to come into the area. He advises residents to not leave their trash outside or in unsecured cans. Dog or cat food also shouldn't be left outside.