SNP reminds visitors to leash their dogs or face a possible fine

Shenandoah National Park (SNP) reminds potential visitors to put their dogs on a leash or face a fine.

A couple panicking on the Blue Ridge Parkway had to be treated for lacerations after their dog aggravated a black bear which led to several attacks by the bear.

The couple and the dog were able to get to safety before the incident became life threatening.

The bear appeared to be young weighing approximately 200 pounds.

Park Rangers had to shut down several areas and trails while searching for the bear which may have to be euthanized.

The park is a natural sanctuary for bear and other wildlife as it provides their natural forested habitat.

As visitation to the park is expected to increase over the next few weeks it is important to put your dogs on a leash or face a possible $50 fine.

No charges have been filed in this incident at this time.

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