- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 22, 2016

VIENNA, Va. (AP) - It’s that time of year when black bears and their cubs emerge from their winter dens, alternately delighting and scaring those who spot them in the suburbs.

Fairfax County Police say a black bear and cub were spotted Sunday in a residential neighborhood in Vienna. The bears stayed for about an hour on the property near Difficult Run Stream Valley Park. No injuries resulted.

Bear sightings are most common in Virginia from mid-March until May.

Wildlife experts advise people to stay clear of the animals. Bears will typically avoid people, but mothers will be protective of their cubs.

Specifically, police say that if a bear huffs or woofs, clacks its teeth, growls or slaps the ground, it’s a warning that you are too close.

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