Country living is nothing new for the Boling family.

Nestled in the rolling hills of Hancock County, Debbie Boling thought when it came to wildlife, she’d seen it all.

“We’ve seen coyotes, deer, fox, turkeys, just all kinds of animals, never a bear,” said Boling.

That changed this weekend, when a trail camera snapped a picture of this black bear, just beyond Boling’s backyard, a little too close for comfort.

“Just to know that they could be right here behind our house, its very scary for us,” said Boling, “we’ve never had to worry about anything walking outside, but now we do.”

Boling says seeing a bear is terrifying enough.

“You don’t know what a bear is going to do if it sees you. I’ve been told if you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you, but I’m just going to stay in the house, I believe, for a while.”

Her concern doesn’t stop there. Boling says she hasn’t let her three grandchildren, dog and miniature horses out of her sight since. 

“I worry about them being out here, I worry about my pets, miniature horses, I worry about going out to feed them now,” said Boling.

Boling says what scares her the most is what she can’t see. 

“Just not knowing exactly where its located right now,  I mean, it could be standing back there watching us right now, or it could have already moved on,” said Boling.

 Kentucky Fish and Wildlife are tracking the bear and encourage people to leave the animal alone.

Officials say its not uncommon for black bears to move through Western Kentucky this time of year.

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(This story was originally published on October 23, 2018)