The summer heat and dry weather has the area’s normally unseen bear population coming out of the woods.
Bear sightings have been on the rise in recent weeks. Among the most unusual was the June 30 report of a cub running around downtown Purcellville.
Authorities are offering a few tips to deal with bear season safely.
First, residents should know that bears avoid human contact. The best action is to give them space and leave them alone. Allow the bear to move along.
Second, take steps to make your property less appealing to the wanderers. These include taking bird feeders down, storing garbage cans inside garages or sheds until the morning of pickup, burning food residue off grills, cleaning grease trays and storing grills inside when not in use; and storing pet food and feed pet inside.
If a bear is causing concern in your area, you may consult Loudoun County Animal Control at 703-777-0406.However, if there is dangerous situation, call the Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021.