Black Bear sightings continue
There have not been any official bear reports in Roanoke since July when a yearling was removed from a tree at the Market and later euthanized. Unofficial sightings, however, continue and there have been two reported this week. A woman in Grayson County reported today that a black bear came on her property and she shared the photo on Facebook in the Virginia Wildlife Group.
Facebook posts indicate that a bear was seen on Plantation Road this week and a few days later near Lincoln Terrace. Some residents wonder if this is the same bear that was spotted near Round Hill Elementary School and later 10th Street this summer.
Shortly after this, the black bear made his way to Staunton Ave. and Central Baptist Church according to Facebook posts then the reports stopped. In Amelia County, Virginia earlier this week a black bear was beating on the side of a woman's house and and on her front and back doors and broke her video camera.
Too close for comfort
The bear in the pictures is from a video an Oklahoma resident posted on Facebook where a black bear invaded a family picnic. Everyone remained still and thankfully the bear did not hurt anyone. After he finished eating he left the picnic area.
Remember if you encounter a bear do not feed it or engage with it in any way. Be sure to keep lids tight on trash cans and don't leave any food out that the bear can smell. Black bears usually begin hibernation in mid-December which suggests we still have just under 3 months to go so be careful.