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South Boston police respond to bear sighting

SoVaNow.com / May 18, 2020


On Thursday, South Boston Police officers found themselves busy responding to several calls to the Halifax E911 Center reporting the sighting of a black bear in the area of Hamilton Boulevard and College Street. The bear was seen going through dumpsters and trash cans in search of food.

SBPD officers used distraction and loud noise devices to coax the bear back into the wooded area.

According to information from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, bears are primarily motivated by food. Residents are asked to keep their trash contained in proper storage containers and not leave trash outside for long periods of time.

Anyone who spots a bear should leave it alone and return inside and call their local law enforcement agency and the VGIF Wildlife Conflict Line at 1-855-571-9003.



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