Black bear in Gainesville

A black bear caught on Ring wandering around the Madison Crescent neighborhood.

You never know what’s visiting in the middle of the night.

Gainesville resident Tammy Mundy-Joe took a look at the video from her Ring security camera Sunday morning and was surprised to see a black bear ambling around her yard at 3:44 a.m.

  • Watch the video here

The bear didn't leave any damage to Mundy-Joe's property in the Madison Crescent neighborhood.

“It looks like he was drinking water from our gutter before moving on,” she said.

It’s the time of year when Virginia’s black bears are foraging for food and fattening up for winter so their hunt for food may prompt more sightings than usual. 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, according to police. It is best to keep a respectful distance if you see a bear. Bring your pets inside and leave the immediate area.

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Not sure where Madison Crescent is but perhaps its the same big black male bear wandering around Sanders and Shari early in the mornings sometimes.

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