Bear spotted in Fairfax Station backyard

Bear spotted in Fairfax Station backyard (Surveillance Footage Screenshot)

It’s that time of year again—a common time for some bear sightings, according to experts.

The latest one was spotted in Fairfax Station.

Tom Wochok and his wife tried tapping on their windows when they spotted the bear in their backyard.

They were hoping the noise would scare it away.

“He sort of took this down like a linebacker and just nailed it with his body and just bent the thing right here,” said Wochok.

That bear hung around for a short time, eating their bird food, taking a stroll around their backyard and eventually taking off on its own.

“Fortunately, nobody hurt,” said Wochok. “We’ve never had anything like this happen.”

They decided to share the photos and videos, in order to warn their neighbors.

“Hopefully we don’t see him back, but you never know,” said Wochok.

If that bear does return, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has a few tips.

“If you happen to come across a bear, walk away slowly…don’t run,” said Outreach Director Lee Walker.

You can also try to keep bears away by removing bird feeders, securing your garbage, cleaning your grill and possibly installing electric fencing.

You can find more tips here.

“I’m going to have to make some changes on the bird food or make it higher,” said Wochok.

If you spot a bear, you can also call the wildlife conflict helpline at 855-571-9003.

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