Have a friendly neighborhood bear problem? We know part of the benefit of living in an environment so close to a nature reserve such as the Shenandoah National Park is the beautiful wildlife, but for both your safety and your furry neighbors, Be Bear Aware!
Don’t feed the bears!
By taking away food sources like trash cans left out or unsecured, bird feeders or even Fido's dinner, you minimize the appeal for a bear to near your home. Even if it is an inadvertent, feeding of bears that is a violation of code.
Please take a moment to review the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries policies and information. You'll find facts and informational tips on how to deter bears near your home, how to bear-proof your trash containers and the plans and policies for bear management.