First Seasonal Bear Sightings Reported

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News Release:/2013/LHC/(3)
June 25, 2013

First Seasonal Bear Sightings Reported

          McLean Police District -  Police received the first seasonal reports of  bear sightings in 2013 on Monday, June 24 around 8 a.m. in the Tysons Corner, Vienna area. The first dispatch call was for Jarrett Valley Drive and Edgepark Road at around 1:30 p.m. Callers reported a medium sized black bear in a yard. Shortly afterwards, another call was received saying that a birdfeeder was torn down by the bear. Animal control officers searched the area but did not locate it.

            According to animal control officers, it is not unusual to see black bears at this time of year and residents should not panic or feel alarmed when they see one. It is likely, that this bear has already moved through the area.

            Bears typically avoid humans, but in their search for food it is not uncommon to see one. Most often, bears will keep moving through an area once they fail in their attempts to find food. Unless the animal is sick or injured, or poses a threat to public safety, animal control officers do not take actions to attempt to remove bears from a neighborhood. Black bears have a natural fear of humans, and in most cases, would rather flee than encounter people.

             If addressed quickly, wildlife issues caused by food attractants in yards can be resolved almost immediately. Take the following precautions to keep bears and other wildlife away from your home:

  • Do not store trash on porches, decks or in vehicles.
  • If a bear is sighted in your neighborhood, remove birdfeeders.
  • Take garbage to the curb on the morning of pickup, rather than the night before.
  • Consider installing electric fencing around gardens, dumpsters and other potential wildlife sources. Electric fencing is an inexpensive and efficient proven deterrent against bears.



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