1st bear sightings of season include Dulles Toll Rd.

VIENNA, Va. (WUSA9) -- This weekend, Fairfax County police officials say they received their first reports of bear sightings this season.

A bear was reportedly struck on the Dulles Toll Road, say police. Later, someone reported a bear in his backyard in the 1600 block of Fremont Lane, located just behind the busy roadway. Police say officers do not know whether or not this bear was the one that was struck on the toll road.

Police want to remind you that bears typically avoid humans, but you may see one if it's searching for food. If it can't find food, the bear will usually leave the area.

Police ask you to take the following precautions to keep bears and other wildlife away from your home:

• Do not store trash on porches, decks or in vehicles.

• If a bear is sighted in your neighborhood, remove birdfeeders.

• Take garbage to the curb on the morning of pickup, rather than the night before.

• Consider installing electric fencing around gardens, dumpsters and other potential wildlife sources. Electric fencing is an inexpensive and efficient proven deterrent against bears.

Police add that unless the bear is sick, injured, or poses a threat to public safety, animal control officers do not try to remove bears from a neighborhood.


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