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VIDEO: Young Bear Kept Animal Services Officers Busy Sunday

© Leesburg Today - 07/27/2015

Two Animal Services officers responded to the calls and noted that the bear did not appear aggressive and was moving quickly to get out of the neighborhood.

Loudoun County Animal Services' dispatchers stayed busy Sunday afternoon with multiple calls about a young bear moving through the Lansdowne area.

Two Animal Services officers responded to the calls and noted that the bear did not appear aggressive and was moving quickly to get out of the neighborhood.

""He was not interested in approaching people, but he had no problem stopping and eating from the bird feeders he encountered along the way,"" Loudoun County Animal Services dispatcher Rick Sherwood said this morning.

The first call the department received reported the bear near Mill Dam Place, on the east end of Leesburg. Others in the Edwards Landing and River Creek communities said they saw the bear, and snapped photos and videos to prove it.

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This time of year, young bears are going out on their own. Without the guidance of their mothers, it's common for them to wind up in the middle of a neighborhood, according to Sherwood.

""We try to not intervene, unless we have too,"" he added. ""As long as he appears to be healthy and not threatening anybody, we sort of try to let them figure it out and they typically do. That's what this bear did.""

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