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Va Beach residents asked to report bear sightings

Tuesday - 5/15/2012, 11:40am  ET

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Virginia Beach police are asking residents to call 911 if they see a bear.

The request follows a report on Monday of a black bear near Thalia Creek adjacent to the parking deck for South University.

The Virginia Beach Police Department said Tuesday that a ground and air search of the area didn't find the bear.

If the bear is sighted again, the police department says residents should not follow it, antagonize it or try to feed it.

Residents also are asked to reduce or eliminate food sources, such as pet food and trash cans.

The police department says there has never been an unprovoked attack on a human by a bear in Virginia.


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