Category Archives: Animals

Fairfax County Deer Management Archery Program Begins Saturday

The Fairfax County Deer Management Archery Program begins this Saturday, September 9, 2017 and runs through Saturday, February 24, 2018. Under the oversight of the Fairfax County Police Department, in collaboration with the Fairfax County Park Authority and NOVA Parks, the archery program is conducted in parks and other locations throughout Fairfax County. These signs are posted in archery program

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Seasonal Snake Safety & Awareness Information

With the emergence of spring and summer quickly approaching, many Fairfax County residents will be spending more time outdoors. As temperatures continue to rise, the warm weather will also encourage snakes to become more active and increase opportunities for people and their pets to encounter these secretive reptiles. Fairfax County is home to an array of snake species, most of

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A Deadly Mistake: How to Protect Your Pets in the Heat

The sizzling temperatures are here! Do not leave your pets in your car, even for a few minutes. In June to September of last year we had 22 confirmed cases of dogs left in  cars in Fairfax County, including one death. Rolling down the windows has little effect on the temperature inside a car. High temps can cause organ damage and

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Bear Sightings

Police were notified of a bear sighting in the Greenbriar subdivision last weekend, in the Birch Pond community, near Rocky Run Stream Valley Park. Recently, a bear was also reported to have damaged the beehive at nearby Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Bears typically avoid humans, but may wander into suburban areas in their search for food. Bears are attracted by bird feeders,

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Orphaned or Abandoned Deer Fawns – Don’t be a Fawn Kidnapper!

White-tailed deer fawns are born April through July, with the majority of fawns born in June. It is common for people to encounter white-tailed deer fawns motionless and without their mother, then mistakenly assume it is orphaned or abandoned. In almost all cases, fawns are only temporarily left by their mothers for protection and need no human intervention. Female deer, called does,

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Be Bear Aware – It’s the Season for Bear Sightings

Spring is the time when black bears and cubs emerge from their winter dens; typically between mid-March to early May in Virginia. Bears typically avoid humans, but may wander into suburban areas in their search for food. Bears are attracted by bird feeders, garbage, outdoor pet food, compost piles, fruit trees, and berry-producing shrubs. If addressed quickly, situations can be

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