WAYNESBORO, Va. (WVIR) - The Wildlife Center of Virginia is saying goodbye to some long term residents while making room for more. Over the following weeks, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will release 18 young black bears into remote locations across the state.

Many of the bears have spent months at the center getting ready to live on their own in the wild. Black bear rehabilitator, Brie Hashem, said April is the time of year when bear cubs starts coming to the center.

"It's really important not to be a bear napper. We want to make sure that the bears that are coming to us are truly orphaned. So we always want to make sure to monitor from a distance that the mom is truly not around and leave that bear alone for at least 24 hours,” said Hashem.

If you find an orphaned cub in the wild, Hashem said to call the Virginia Department Of Game And Inland Fisheries.