Wildlife Center cautions drivers to be on the lookout for bear cubs

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Published: Apr. 25, 2018 at 6:45 PM EDT
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Last week, a Virginia State Trooper rescued two bear cubs after their mother was killed by a car. The Wildlife Center of Virginia is now taking care of the cubs and is reminding drivers to be on the lookout for bears as you commute.

Amanda Nicholson, Director of Outreach for the Wildlife Center, said during April and May, mother bears are coming out of hibernation with their young cubs and it is common for them to cross over major roads.

Nicholson said if you are driving through a heavily wooded area or outside of the national forest or the national park, it is important to slow down and be on the lookout for wildlife.

"They can be active at any point of the day. but they're most active at dawn and dusk. so those are also really good times as you're driving to keep an extra cautious eye out for any animals that are crossing the road," said Nicholson.

She added that the most common mistake people make when they come across a bear cub or any baby wild animal is taking the animal home.

Nicholson said that taking a wild animal home can seriously damage their ability to survive in the wild, which is why it is important to keep your distance and call for help.

"In the case of bear cubs, we don't want them getting used to a number of different people, so we want to get them to the professionals that can help them return to the wild eventually," said Nicholson.

If you do believe a bear cub is orphaned or is in need of assistance, do not approach the animal. Instead, call the Wildlife Center or the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for help.

You can reach the Wildlife Center at 540-942-9453 and can learn more about the bear cubs they've taken in

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