WASHINGTON — After a black bear was spotted Saturday at a Vienna, Va. home, Fairfax County police are advising residents to take precautions to avoid attracting bears.
Police received the first seasonal report of a bear sighting at noon on Saturday, April 26 from a Vienna resident who spotted a bear in his backyard, according to the news release.
The resident’s home is located behind the Dulles Toll Road, where a bear was also struck Saturday morning.
It is unknown whether the bear in the resident’s backyard is the same one that was struck, police say.
During this time of the year, it is not uncommon to see a black bear in the area, according to Animal Control officers. Black bears are generally afraid of coming into contact with humans and are mainly looking for food, Animal Control officers say.
Although Animal Control won’t take bears away from neighborhoods unless the bears are injured or threaten public safety, police advise residents to take the following measures to avoid attracting wildlife:
If you see an injured black bear or believe a black bear may pose a danger, call Fairfax County Animal Control at 703-691-2131.