There is controversy surrounding the black bear sow that attacked a Staunton man and his dog a few days ago while they were in the George Washington National Forest, and an online petition being circulated to save them (see petition here).
Traps have been set in the forest to catch the bears that will then be euthanized. The outcry is that the bears were in their habitat, not encroaching on private property, and the sow was provoked to protect her cubs. The unleashed dog chased one of the cubs which caused the sow to attack Steven Kirchbaum, 59, of Staunton, and his dog.
There are reasons that authorities are looking for the bears, according to the Winchester Star (see W.Va. officials seek to catch, euthanize bears in attack):