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County Officials Warn Residents to Stay Away from Bears

A black bear was recently seen in the Oswego area. People should stay away from bears and not try to feed them. Bears stand taller so they can get a better view and smell of their surroundings. (Photo courtesy New York State DEC.)

A black bear was recently seen in the Oswego area. People should stay away from bears and not try to feed them. Bears stand taller so they can get a better view and smell of their surroundings. (Photo courtesy New York State DEC.)

OSWEGO COUNTY – County Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner is warning people in Oswego County that a black bear has been spotted roaming on the west side of Oswego and outlying areas over the past few days. A bear was seen crossing Ellen Street in Oswego on Tuesday (July 5), and recent bear sightings have been reported  in the Town of Oswego, near Hannibal, and at Fair Haven State Park.

A black bear was recently seen in the Oswego area. People should stay away from bears and not try to feed them. Bears stand taller so they can get a better view and smell of their surroundings. (Photo courtesy New York State DEC.)
A black bear was recently seen in the Oswego area. People should stay away from bears and not try to feed them. Bears stand taller so they can get a better view and smell of their surroundings. (Photo courtesy New York State DEC.)

“Most black bears prefer to avoid humans. People should stay away from the bear, not approach it, and not offer it food,” Gardner said. “Anyone who is having a problem with a nuisance bear is asked report it immediately to the DEC statewide dispatch at 518- 897-1326.”

The State Department of Environmental Conservation reports that with the onset of warmer weather, bears have been seen in many communities across the state.

The DEC recommends that people take these steps if they encounter a bear:

– Never approach, surround, or corner a bear. Bears aggressively defend themselves when they feel threatened. Be especially cautious around cubs as mother bears are very protective.

– Never run from a bear. Stay calm, speak in a loud and calm voice, slowly back away and leave the area.

In your yard:

– From a safe distance, make loud noises by shouting or banging pots to scare the bear away.

– Once the bear leaves, remove all attractants such as bird seed, garbage, and pet food.

– Ask neighbors to remove attractants.

In a building:

– Give the bear a clear escape route.

– Leave any doors open as you back away from the bear.

– Do not lock the bear in a room.

If a bear becomes aggressive and approaches you:

– Raise your arms and speak in a loud, calm voice while backing away.

If a bear becomes aggressive and charges you:

– Stand your ground.

– If you have bear spray, dispense directly at the bear. Follow the product instructions for proper use of bear spray.

When reported immediately, nuisance bear issues can often be resolved by working with community members to increase public awareness and remove attractants.

When nuisance bears go unreported, they may quickly become a significant safety hazard for people and/or pets, and such scenarios often have undesirable outcomes for both people and bears.

If you or your neighbor are having problems with nuisance bears or suspect someone is feeding bears, please report immediately to the DEC statewide dispatch at 518- 897-1326.

For additional information on avoiding black bears visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/94710.html.

2 Comments

  1. Here’s the thing everybody’s so worried about being afraid of the bears that are coming why don’t they try to figure out why they’re migrating this way as in what’s happening to their habitats or what’s happening to their food sources I mean let’s be honest before we destroyed all their homes and everything of all the wildlife and put all these houses and Roads and everything in this was their home and everybody’s all upset about Wildlife coming back this way they should have been gone to begin with we destroyed habitats of many animals to live in houses in to make cities and obviously there’s a reason that they’re coming so close to the cities and populated areas because as the article says black bears don’t really like people so it’s kind of strange that they would come so close to a city obviously if there’s an underlying reason it may be the dec should worry about figuring that out instead of telling people not to feed the Bears and stuff that’s stupid you can feed any other animal but you can’t feed a bear come on now leave the poor Birds alone and they will leave you alone

  2. The underlying reason for the bears in the area—Mother’s had their cubs last year, and took care of them. Now the Mother bears are kicking out the bears so that they may have more cubs. The bear cubs are looking to establish their own area. It has nothing to do with “destroying their habitats”–that is plain ridiculous, i have hears WAY too much of the reason bears are present is because of People!!!!! They are wild animals and and doing what is instinctual for them. It has nothing to do with humans. Yes, leave the bears alone…but don’t think for one minute it’s human’s fault that the bears have instinct to do what they do…..

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