Bear Destroys Items in Backyard


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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A Harrisonburg couple said a bear found its way into their yard, causing damage.

A black bear entered Richard and Janey Griggs' backyard, knocked over a bird-feeder and then ate from it. This happened at The Village at Bluestone on Pearl Lane.

Neighbors are upset that a bear showed up early Monday morning in their yard and they want to warn others.

The Griggs captured surveillance video from their security camera as the bear came over the 4-foot fence also causing damage to a bird feeder. It made itself at home for at least 20 minutes.

The Griggs are now planning to not put anything tempting in their yard. They said neighbors have had their yards damaged too.

"Scary. Well, there is a bear in the community. Beware, and what we've been told, take the bird feeders down," said Janey.

"We were told the bear would probably come back looking for food. If it doesn't find any, it'll probably go on," said Richard.

The bear also climbed onto the top of the pool cover.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries recommends removing all pet food and garbage from outside. They even say electric fencing around garbage would also help.

While neighbors are working to get bears away from their homes another group is trying to find them homes.

The Virginia Wildlife Center is looking for homes for two yearling bears declared non-releasable and if the bears are not found a home, they will be killed.


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