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Bear sightings in community spark interest

The Pulaski Police Department has been receiving an increasing number of complaints of black bear sightings. According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), the population of the bears will grow and become a common sight.

VDGIF advises that you can help keep them wild, and deter residential problems by adhering to the following tips: remove bird feeders from April-November, secure your garbage, pick up pet food and do not leave out overnight, do not put meat scraps in compost piles, clean your grill, remove fruit fallen from trees, install electric fencing, don’t store food, freezers, or refrigerators, or trash on porches.

Those who encounter a bear are instructed by VDGIF to not approach, as this is a wild animal and could be dangerous. For questions regarding black bears, contact the Wildlife Conflict Helpline at 855-571-9003, or VDGIF Marion office at 276-783-4860.

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