County residents are being asked to keep an eye out for unexpected visitors.
Summer bears are on the move and in search of food during late spring and early summer.
So far, there has been a sighting of a bear in eastern Prince William County, according to a release.
The Prince William County Police Department’s (PWCPD) Animal Control Bureau has released a few tips that can help community members address hungry bears.
The department suggests that citizens remove any potential food sources, including bird feeders, beehives, garbage and outdoor grills.
Trash should not be stored in vehicles, on porches or on decks.
Electric fencing can also be installed around gardens and dumpsters to discourage bears.
If a bear, they should be given space and should not be fed, and bear cubs should not be removed or “rescued.”
Community members who are experiencing a bear problem after taking the proper steps should notify the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) regional office.
To learn more information about VDGIF, visit www.dgif.virginia.gov.
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