Bears in our Backyards?

By: Adam Kramer
By: Adam Kramer

Apparently, the drought has struck again. Last month it was water restrictions, and now it seems neighborhoods throughout the valley will could have more visits from the Commonwealth's Black Bear population.

"We have received a lot more calls about Black Bears recently,” commented Ed Clark of the Virginia Wildlife Center. The drought may be to blame for that."

Clark says bears are now preparing to hibernate and need to store fat-and a lot of it. Because the drought has stunted area vegetation, Black Bears could soon be looking to our scraps as an easy meal to get them through the winter. "If they can not find anything in the woods, they will follow their noses to your trash can," said Clark.

Local authorities encourage you to call them immediately if you find a bear on your property.


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