There have been several reports of a black bear sighting in Newton County south of Joplin. Newton County authorities say the bear has been spotted walking through yards and near roads. So what should you do if you see a bear? Call your local police department, who will then report it to the Missouri Dept. of Conservation. If you see a bear, stay away from it, never feed it, and don’t leave pet food sitting outside. You’re also advised to keep garbage cans put away, and BBQ grills clean.