“Know what to do when you see a bear. NEVER run from a bear. Don’t approach a bear – just quietly move away and leave the area.
However, if a bear does approach you, make yourself look big, make loud noises, clap your hands, and continue to back away.”
Jaime Sajecki, Black Bear Project Leader
Virginia Department of Game and Inland. Fisheries
Black bears rarely become aggressive when encountered. However, it’s best to avoid bears by following these simple steps, and to know what to do if an encounter happens.