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