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Bear road kills rise in Va. as animals seek food

Wednesday - 12/4/2013, 11:23am  ET

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) - Bear road kills in Virginia are increasing as the animals cross highways looking for food.

Jaime Sajecki with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries say 58 bears have been killed on Virginia roads this year. That's up from 38 in both 2009 and 2011.

Sajecki tells The Daily News-Record ( ) that an acorn shortage has prompted bears to venture farther into human civilization looking for food than in most years. Bear sightings also have been more frequent.

A mother bear and three cubs appeared in Harrisonburg in October. Game and Inland Fisheries tranquilized the bears after they ran up a tree and relocated them.


Information from: Daily News- Record,

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