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Bear spotted casually walking around Arlington today | ARLnow

Bear spotted casually walking around Arlington today | ARLnow

Bear spotted in Arlington Monday (photograph courtesy Animal Welfare League of Arlington)

A bear was spotted strolling all-around an Arlington community this morning, prompting a warning from animal manage.

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington stated it confirmed a resident’s report of a young black bear roaming all over, “likely… in his search for a new household habitat.”

“While bear sightings are unusual in Arlington County, they are not unheard of,” AWLA stated. “Unfortunately in past bear sightings, we have experienced issues with associates of the public likely out in look for of the bear to consider their possess images or see it for by themselves. This is Quite dangerous.”

Citizens who see the bear are requested to “call AWLA immediately” at 703-931-9241 and encouraged to maintain a safe and sound distance or get within.

Patch reported before that the bear “was noticed in Arlington’s Maywood community Monday morning, walking as a result of people’s yards and on to porches as it headed to a park on the east side of the community near the Custis Path.”

Just in excess of two several years ago a black bear was witnessed going for walks all-around around Bishop O’Connell Substantial University in Arlington. Animal handle officers ended up not able to find the bear just after the initial sighting.

Additional from AWLA, down below, on the latest bear incident.

On June 5th, 2022, a young black bear was noticed by a member of the community in Arlington County. Our Animal Management Officers verified the sighting and promptly contacted the Virginia Division of Wildlife Assets (DWR) and Virginia Point out biologist. The bear looks healthy and is most likely a male yearling going via Arlington Co in his look for for a new home habitat. We are continuing to update these agencies as the site of the bear improvements.

While bear sightings are scarce in Arlington County, they are not unheard of. Regretably in previous bear sightings, we have experienced troubles with users of the public going out in search of the bear to consider their have pics or see it for on their own. This is Incredibly risky, and can bring about hurt to you, many others, and the bear. Alternatively, we ask that inhabitants get in touch with AWLA promptly at (703) 931-9241 if they location the bear, and hold to a safe and sound length or indoors.

We also urge people follow these recommendations from DWR:

  • Safe garbage: Retain in a locked drop or inside until eventually collected or use a bear resistant container.
  • Safe any compost piles
  • Get down bird feeders.
  • Protected pet food in bear-resistant containers or inside of locked sheds.
  • Cleanse up porches/decks: Clean up grills together with drip pans, remove any probable foods resources, and recall a screened in porch is not a “secure” storage location from a bear’s level of look at.
  • Under no circumstances leave foodstuff, trash, or pet food stuff inside of your car.
  • Retain dogs on a leash at all moments

Thank you for supporting us retain individuals and wildlife protected in Arlington!