Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Beary Interesting Sight

Several residents of Henry County got a rare chance to see some of mother nature's amazing creature's today. A mother bear and three cubs made an appearance as they crossed highway 57 at the 220 bypass in Fieldale this morning.

According to the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, "black bears are becoming an increasingly common sight in Virginia — bears now live in almost every county! We are fortunate to have a healthy and sustainable population of these animals in the Commonwealth. But even as our black bear population grows and expands, at the same time, residential areas are encroaching into the forested lands and habitats used by bears and other wildlife, thus increasing the chances for bear/human interaction or conflicts."

To learn more about black bears in Virginia, watch this informative video:

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