Two black bears, one with a pair of cubs, have been sighted within the past three days near the Capital Beltway in Fairfax County, according to a county game warden.
A bear and two cubs were seen on Tuesday at Turkey Run Park along the George Washington Memorial Parkway -- just inside the Beltway -- and a single black bear was spotted twice within the past two weeks near Jermantown Road north of Fairfax City, warden Ralph Stickman said yesterday.
The bear with two cubs was reported by a Potomac River canoist who called U.S. Park Police after seeing the bear near the river's edge south of Cabin John Beltway bridge.
The second bear was spotted Tuesday night by a resident of Rosehaven Street, off Jermantown Road, who turned on an outside light and saw the bear in his backyard, Stickman said.
Both bears are thought to be in the area, Stickman said, "but they are not dangerous as long as you leave them alone."
Bears, deer, wild turkey and many wild animals native to Virginia are still seen regularly within five or ten miles of Washington, Stickman said. "We have an average of 65 deer killed on county roads every year, some inside the Beltway. But you don't see bear often. In fact I've never seen one wild myself. They'll take off the moment they see you coming."