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Bear sightings spark concern

Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 1:17 pm

A black bear has been making house calls in King George, and according to reports, it tends to get rough with bird feeders, often leaving them damaged.

In many cases, bears encountered in this area are dispersers—younger bears that have left a larger population to set up new territory. But “it’s not out of reason to expect that there may be resident bears in that area,” said Nelson Lason, manager of deer, bear and turkey at Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Over the last 10 years, bears have started to fill in the middle of the state. King George, the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula area have been some of the last areas to see bears. But “it’s likely that in the future there will be more bears in that area,” Lason added.

Sightings are most likely to occur in the spring, which is a critical time for bears. When they come out of the den, they’re looking for food, but most of the berries and other natural foods they eat won’t ripen until the summer.

For the full article, pick up the latest Northumberland Echo 6/12/19