Bear Sightings Concern Leesburg Community

By Tracee Wilkins
|  Thursday, Jul 7, 2011  |  Updated 9:32 PM EDT
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It's not uncommon to see wildlife in some rural parts of Loudoun County, but residents in Leesburg are on high alert after several bear sightings.

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It's not uncommon to see wildlife in some rural parts of Loudoun County, but residents in Leesburg are on high alert after several bear sightings.

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Residents in Leesburg, Va., are on high alert after several recent bear sightings.

About two weeks ago, Ann Chapman saw a young black bear cross Woodburn Road at Sydnor Hill Court. This morning, Chapman’s neighbor spotted a mother bear and her cub in the same area.

The sightings concern residents of the community.

“With the kids and the dogs all around, I was concerned,” Chapman said.

“We are going to see them this time of year,” said Laura Rizer, of Loudoun County Animal Control. “This is the time of year when the 2-year-old cubs – last year’s cubs – are being kicked out of the nest by Mom, and they’re trying to find a place of their own, and unfortunately as dense as we are in Loudoun County with population, they don’t have as many spaces as they once did, so they have to travel longer distances to find that place of their own.”

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