This black bear was spotted in the yard of Regatta Bay resident Vyda Adams Tuesday. She told The Log her reaction to seeing the bear was "mixed."
"When I first saw it in my backyard I thought it was a Newfoundland, but no one in the neighborhood has a dog like that. Looking closer, we realized it was a black bear. It was turning the corner to go along the side of the house, so I grabbed my phone and went outside, figuring to stand in my van to get a view over the bushes. Heard some rustling and suddenly my son said 'he's right behind you.' I turned and he was about 4-feet away. We stared at each other for a minute and he turned and started walking away."
"I was surprised how quickly and quietly he came around the cars. Kind of like you hear about bears doing during a hunt. He seemed to be more curious and not at all aggressive — By the way, bears have brown eyes."
Black bear sightings in Destin have been somewhat common over the past month, with a bear touring the city in late October, with spottings ranging from Old Time Pottery and Another Broken Egg to Target and Indian Bayou.