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Sightings At Riven Rock Park Lead To Changes

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Posted: June 20, 2014

Signs posted in picnic shelters at Riven Rock Park on Thursday warn of black bears raiding trash cans and shelters for food. The Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Department is making a few changes at the facility after bears have been seen in the area. (Photos by Michael Reilly)
A family picnics at the park. City officials plan to install bear-proof trash cans next week at shelters in the city-owned park in Rawley Springs.
David Bell of Timberville puts sunscreen on his sons Jackson, 5, and Troy, 2, before wading in Dry River at Riven Rock Park in Rawley Springs on Thursday. Officials say, about three weeks ago reports of bear sightings at the park began trickling in prompting the city to makes some changes, including more frequent trash pickups.

HARRISONBURG — A crash course on all things black bear has provided Lee Foerster, the director of the Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Department, with more talking points than he’ll ever need.

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