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Black Bear Spotted On Port City’s Outskirts

SCRIBA, NY – A wandering black bear has caused quite a stir in Scriba.

A black bear was spotted recently by several Scriba residents. It is seen here relaxing in someone's backyard (Photo provided by Larry Pritchard)
A black bear was spotted recently by several Scriba residents. It is seen here relaxing in someone's backyard (Photo provided by Larry Pritchard)

It was first spotted on Wednesday at a County Route 1A residence about a mile east of Novelis.

He stayed for about an hour before heading back into the woods.

There were a couple reports of the bear walking through St. Paul’s Cemetery on Oswego’s east side on Thursday. A witness said it walked through the cemetery and then ran off into the woods.

Scriba resident Joe Falcetti took some photos of the critter when it was across the street in a neighbor’s back yard.

“It just sat there a while playing with the birdfeeder,” he said. “It’s kind of weird not seeing him in a zoo and being so close to the city. They’re getting daring.”

The bear has been wandering the area for the past couple of days. (Photo provided by Joe Falcetti)
The bear has been wandering the area for the past couple of days. (Photo provided by Joe Falcetti)

“The bear just wandered into my daughter’s backyard in Scriba. This is unusual, very unusual, for this area,” agreed Larry Pritchard. “One of my daughters took pictures by phone and her other sister’s husband sent them to me.”

“It makes you wonder if this is the only one or is there another? Maybe there are some cubs around, too,” Falcetti said.

Oswego Police Chief Tory DeCaire said if anyone does encounter a bear, do not approach it.

“They are less likely to be in the city,” he added. “They are more apt to stay out in the more rural areas.”

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  1. I was shocked to read about the bear being so close as far as St. Pauls cemetery on the East side. I have never heard of a bear being so close to Oswego. Have other people seen bears this close? I would like to hear about it.

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