Bear Sighted in Virginia Beach

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

​On Monday, May 14, 2012, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Emergency Communications received a report of a bear sighting at 301 Bendix Road.  This area is near Thalia Creek and adjacent to the parking deck for South University.  A citizen observed a black bear emerge from a tree line and upon seeing the citizen, ran back into the woods.  Patrol Officers, Police helicopter and Animal Control Officers responded to the area. 

Officers and the air unit searched the area but were unable to locate the bear.  There were no further sightings of the bear.  The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries was contacted and police was advised there was no threat to public safety in these circumstances.  There was no reason to continue searching for the bear.

Citizens should call 9-1-1 if they see a bear and keep a respectful distance from the animal.  Do not add to the potential danger by following, attempting to attract, feeding or antagonizing a bear.  It is also important to remember that there have been no unprovoked attacks by a bear on a human in Virginia.  Citizens throughout the City are asked to ensure they reduce or eliminate any food sources bear or other wildlife may find attractive on their property.  Trash cans, pet food and bird food can all act as attractants to bear in the area.

The Virginia Beach Police and Animal Control are ready to provide assistance in these matters in conjunction with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  The following website has valuable information for the general public.