The Virginia department of Fame and Inland Fisheries asks people to respect the bear’s space and enjoy watching it from a distance. Black bears have a natural distrust of humans, are shy, and usually avoid people. They will run when given a safe escape route but may be attracted to food sources like bird feeders and trash cans in residential areas.
Did you know? A bear stands on its hind legs to get a better view and smell of the surroundings. This is not an aggressive posture, just a way to determine who or what piqued its interest.
Bears are still seen in Western Loudoun, such as this young male at Banshee Reeks