UPDATE: Officials Tracking Black Bear in Madison Heights Neighborhood

The black bear actually approached and made eye contact with our camera, within ten feet, forcing our photographer to leave the camera rolling while the bear harmlessly walked away.

UPDATE: 1:58 p.m.

Madison Heights, VA - A biologist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries confirms to ABC 13 that game wardens along with deputies with the Amherst County Sheriff's Office have responded to a Madison Heights neighborhood Tuesday morning to help capture a bear.

An ABC 13 News crew was able to get video of the black bear off of Mobile Lane in Madison Heights. The bear was still on the loose at last check.

According to Dan Lovelace, a Wildlife Biologist with the VA Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries, there has been in increase in bear sightings in the Madison Heights area recently.

Lovelace says the black bears are more than likely simply looking for food by going through trash cans and bird feeders in area neighborhoods.

On Saturday, a Madison Heights viewer sent ABC 13 a picture of a black bear in their neighborhood.

Pam Self is in Madison Heights from out of town visiting, and was eating breakfast when she looked out of her window and saw a cub.

Lovelace advises that people in the area simply keep their food and trash away from where a bear may get to them.

For more information on dealing with bears in your neighborhood, click here.