First bear sightings of season in Fairfax

It was not a red panda, but Fairfax County police said one or more bears were spotted in the Tysons Corner area Monday.

The first call came in around 8 a.m., but no officers were dispatched, police said. Another call was received for a a medium-sized black bear in a yard around 1:30 p.m. near Jarrett Valley Drive and Edgepark Road, police said.

Shortly after, police said they received another report of bird feeder that was torn down by a bear in the same area. Animal control officers searched, but the bear was not located.

Fairfax County police said bear sightings are not unusual for this time of year. Bears typically try to avoid humans and will keep moving through an area if they fail to find food. If one is sighted, residents should remove birdfeeders, trash or other items from yards that might tempt a bear.

Earlier this month, a bear was spotted roaming the streets of Kentlands in Gaithersburg.

Unless an animal is sick, injured or poses a threat to public safety, animal control officers will not make attempts to remove bears or other critters from a neighborhood.

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