CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Wildlife experts at Shenandoah National Park are warning people to keep their eyes up while driving along Skyline Drive and other areas that may be inhabited by bears.

So far this year, the park has reported 19 bear-vehicle collisions.

Experts say the state's bear population has increased nearly 10% over the last 20 years.

In addition to car accidents, park staff says one of their biggest problems involving bears is improper food storage, which can attract them to the area.