The bear above is not our neighborhood bear.
I was out of town for the holiday weekend so I missed all the neighborhood posts, videos (can’t find it but know it’s out there), and pictures of the black bear that was roaming about. The bear hasn’t been spotted since Sunday but is probably still in the area. If you’ve got an update let us know in the comments.
If there is human-bear contact or other dangerous encounter, please call or text 911. Otherwise, please call the Wildlife Conflict Helpline at 1-855-571-9003. More info: dwr.virginia.gov/wildlife/bear/ and https://bearwise.org/.
Some bear facts from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries:
- Of the three bear species (black, brown, and polar bears) in North America, only the black bear lives in Virginia. Shy and secretive, the sighting of a bear is a rare treat for most Virginians. However, bears are found throughout most of the Commonwealth, and encounters between bears and people are increasing.
- Black bears have a very diverse diet. They consume herbaceous plant parts, woody plant parts, flower/nectar/ pollen, fruit, terrestrial insects, juvenile and small mammals, juvenile and adult amphibians, and carrion. Bears are omnivorous and opportunistic feeders, eating mostly plants in the spring, berries and insects in the summer, and nuts and berries in the fall. Carrion (dead animals) is often a part of a bear’s diet. Although not typically and an active predator, rare occurrences of livestock predation is reported each year.
- Bears may live up to 30 years in the wild. The oldest documented wild bear in Virginia was 26 years of age when it was killed.
One of the most important things you can do to make sure that interactions with bears is to remove all food sources. Bring in your bird seed, cat food and other food sources. Going through the RVAHub archives there have been 4 bear visits in the past 6 years.
Enjoy Lunch Discussing Sharks and Dinosaurs at the Science Museum of Virginia
The Science Museum of Virginia’s free, noon-time Lunch Break Science series features two speakers focusing on shark-related topics and one speaker highlighting dinosaur skin this month.
The Science Museum of Virginia’s free, noon-time Lunch Break Science series features two speakers focusing on shark-related topics and one speaker highlighting dinosaur skin this month. The Science Museum hosts a different speaker each Wednesday for a one-hour talk on a science, technology, engineering or math topic.
The Science Museum is celebrating all things sharks and skin this summer as they’re hosting the touring exhibitions “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey” and “Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity.” Lunch Break Sciences are one of the many extra program offerings the Science Museum is featuring to encourage guests to learn more about fascinating scientific elements of animals and humans.
Guests can attend the following Lunch Break Science presentations:
- July 6: “Why Sharks Matter: A Conversation,” presented by author and marine conservation biologist Dr. David Shiffman
- July 13: “Dinosaur Skin: Much More than Just Scales,” presented by postdoctoral fellow Dr. Christophe Hendrickx
- July 27: “Swimming with Sharks: Saving the Ocean’s Most Misunderstood Creature,” presented by shark naturalist and underwater photographer Tanya Houppermans
Guests of all ages are welcome at Lunch Break Sciences, but the content is geared to an adult audience.
Shiffman and Houppermans will be presenting in person. Shiffman will also host a book signing of his latest book, “Why Sharks Matter: A Deep Dive with the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator,” after his July 6 talk. On July 13, Hendrickx will present via Zoom from Argentina.
Lunch Break Sciences are free. Guests do not need to purchase Science Museum admission to attend, but do need to check in at Guest Services when they arrive.
Lunch Break Science events take place in the Science Museum’s Barbara Thalhimer Theater. Seating is first-come, first-served. The theater seats 125 guests.
As the name suggests, guests are welcome to bring food and drink to enjoy during Lunch Break Science. For guests who would like to purchase food onsite, the Science Museum has vending machines near the Rotunda and grab-and-go items in the café.
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
Cowardin Avenue & Bainbridge Street Hit and Run
The victim was attempting to cross the road and was struck by what eyewitnesses describe to be a dark color, purple/blue, older model sedan with distinctive wheel rims.
Saturday, July 2, at approximately 10:35 p.m., the Richmond Police Crash Team investigators responded to the intersection of Cowardin Avenue & Bainbridge Street for the report of a hit and run.
Investigators arrived and found an adult female pedestrian down and in the roadway. She was attempting to cross the road and was struck by what eyewitnesses describe to be a dark color, purple/blue, older model sedan with distinctive wheel rims. Investigators suspect the vehicle has frontend damage and was last seen headed north on Cowardin Avenue.
She was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.
Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to contact RPD Crash Team Investigator W. Kress at 804-646-0280 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
Shootings on July 3rd and Early July 4th Result in a Death and Six Injuries
Two separate unrelated incidents occurred. One at City Dogs in the Fan and another near Cyber Café on Broad Street.
West Main Street Death Investigation
Sunday, July 3, at approximately 10:26 p.m., officers were called to the 1300 block of West Main Street for the report of random gunfire. RPD officers responded and located an adult male with an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.
Anyone with information about this death investigation is asked to contact
Major Crimes Detective A. Coates at (804)-646-0729 or Crime Stoppers at
(804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.
This RVA/Reddit thread has some unconfirmed details and first-hand reports on the City Dogs shooting.
Update July 5th:
Arrest Made, Victim Identified in West Main Street Homicide and Aggravated Assaults
The Richmond Police Department has charged the suspect in yesterday’s shootings on West Main Street. Derrick Adjei, 24, of Alexandria, Virginia, was taken into custody by Virginia State Police last night at approximately 11:01 p.m. after the vehicle Adjei had been operating was involved in a single vehicle collision on northbound I-95.
RPD detectives, investigating the West Main Street shooting, have charged Adjei with malicious wounding. Other charges are pending. A booking photo of Adjei is not yet available.
Detectives have identified the victim of the shooting as Kyle Stoner, 36, of Richmond. Sunday at approximately 10:28 p.m., officers were called to the 1300 block of West Main Street for the report of a shooting. RPD officers responded and located an adult male, Stoner, on a patio of a business, down and unresponsive suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.
An adult female and an adult male were also injured during the incident and have received treatment for injuries that were not considered life threatening.
Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to contact Major Crimes Detective A. Coates at (804)-646-0729 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.
West Broad Street Shooting
At approximately 3:39 a.m., Richmond Police officers responded to the report of random gunfire in the 00 block of West Broad Street. Six people were reported shot near the Cyber Café, an after-hours club including four adult males and two adult females.
Of the six who sustained gunshot wounds, two are considered life-threatening and four non-life threatening. One man was transported by ambulance, others were self-transported to the hospital for treatment.
There is no public threat at this time.
Anyone with information about this shooting investigation is asked to call Detective Reyes at (804) 646-3874 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.