Bear spotted in Chesterfield County yards, gardens

June 12, 2021 GMT

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (AP) — A black bear was spotted wandering in a residential area in Chesterfield County southwest of Richmond.

WRIC-TV reports that the bear was seen near the area known as Enon and that it damaged some yards.

The station says that Jodie and Eric Schorr got video of the bear going through their backyard, climbing over a fence and moving on to their neighbors.

Their neighbors Melissa Dunn and George Henderson say they didn’t see the bear but discovered signs that it had been in their yard including damaged bird feeders and destroyed plants in their garden.

David Grast, the Richmond District Wildlife Biologist for the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, said bears are active at this time of year and that people should consider emptying bird feeders that also attract hungry bears, while also securing their trash.

State wildlife officials said that in Central Virginia, sightings are possible in parts of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie and Hanover counties.