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Virginia’s black bears are very timid animals, according to Lt. Chris Thomas, a conservation police officer who works out of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) Forest Office.
“They are normally as scared of people as people are of them,” said Thomas.
While black bears are not aggressive, they can get riled if you mess with them. Dwain Karnes, a 32-year-old bear hunter, was messing with a black bear last week when it bit him on both arms.
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