A bear rummaging for food in Manassas. Photo courtesy City of Manassas

A young bear has been spotted hanging around Manassas the last few days.

The city posted a photo on Tuesday morning of the bear taking a peek into a trash can in the area of Peabody and West streets.

"If you see the bear do not confront it or corner him/her," the city said. Manassas police are working with wildlife authorities to address the situation.

The bear, or perhaps a relative, was spotted over the weekend running in the area of Sudley Road and Grant Avenue. Jefe Ayche captured some video.

And Monday, what appeared to be a smaller black bear was seen at the Popeye's on Va. 234. Reader Brittanie Lacy captured this image:

Bear at Popeyes

A young black bear at Popeye's on Va. 234. Photo courtesy Brittanie Lacy 

It’s the time of year when Virginia’s black bears are foraging for food and young bears search for new territory after a long winter's nap. Prince William’s Animal Control Bureau offers the following tips and suggestions for dealing with hungry bears:

  • Remove food sources that might attract bears. This includes bird feeders, garbage, pet food, outdoor grills, livestock food, compost, fruit trees and beehives.
  • Do not store trash – or anything that smells like food – in vehicles, on porches, or decks. Keep your full or empty trash containers secured in a garage, shed or basement. If you do not have a trash collection service, take your garbage to the Landfill frequently (twice a week or more). If you do have a trash collection service, put your garbage out the morning of the pickup rather than the night before.
  • Take down your bird feeders temporarily until the bear moves on.
  • Consider installing electric fencing, an inexpensive and extremely efficient, proven deterrent to bears, around dumpsters, gardens, beehives or other potential food sources.

Bears generally avoid humans but, in their search for food, they do wander into suburban areas. It is best to keep a respectful distance if you see a bear. Bring your pets inside and leave the immediate area.

(2) comments


Looks like Northam got fully covered, this time no more shoe polish and he covered his face.


We go to the mountains to look for bears. Will not have to go as far. Just go to Manassas. I love watching bears.

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