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Slithery Surprise: 12-Foot Python Attacks Crews Responding To NY Water Main Break Slithery Surprise: 12-Foot Python Attacks Crews Responding To NY Water Main Break
Slithery Surprise: 12-Foot Python Attacks Crews Responding To NY Water Main Break It wasn’t exactly what crews expected to find on a busted pipe call. In the region, employees with the Albany Water Department got quite a scare on Friday, July 12, while responding to a broken 48-inch water transmission line in Tivoli Lake Preserve. Shortly after arriving on site, crews encountered a 12-foot-long snake. Albany Water initially identified the creature as a boa constrictor. Still, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) later clarified to Daily Voice that the serpent was actually a reticulated python measuring a whopping 12 feet, 10 inches long.  A DEC …
Bears Seen On Route 128 Corridor In Armonk Bears Seen On Route 128 Corridor In Armonk
Bears Seen On Route 128 Corridor In Armonk Those in Northern Westchester may want to ensure their trash cans are inside, as several bear sightings have been reported along a busy main route in the area.  In an announcement on Tuesday, June 25, North Castle Police said several bear sightings have been reported along the Route 128 corridor in the hamlet of Armonk near the border with New Castle.  The department warned residents to avoid becoming comfortable or complacent with the animals and not to deliberately or inadvertently feed them. Additionally, those in the area should remove food sources that bears can access. …
Large Black Bear Spotted Near Busy Trailway In Northern Westchester Large Black Bear Spotted Near Busy Trailway In Northern Westchester
Large Black Bear Spotted Near Busy Trailway In Northern Westchester Authorities are warning residents to take precautions after a large black bear was seen near a popular trailway in Northern Westchester.  In an announcement on Monday, June 3, the New Castle Police Department said the bear was seen in the area of the North County Trailway in Millwood.  Despite the sighting, the bear will only be encouraged to leave the area if it creates a public disturbance, acts aggressively toward a human or pet, tries to enter a home, or is injured and cannot move to escape, according to New York State Environmental Conservation guidelines. Thus, if the bear …
Coyote Warnings Issued As Weather Warms Up, Sightings Start Up Again Coyote Warnings Issued As Weather Warms Up, Sightings Start Up Again
Coyote Warnings Issued As Weather Warms Up, Sightings Start Up Again With the weather warming up, local law enforcement agencies are warning area residents to be aware of the possibility of coyote sightings. Police in the area noted that “during this time of year, we tend to have an increase in coyote sightings. From March to May, coyotes typically have their pups and begin to look for more food. It’s important to know that coyotes are not exclusively nocturnal.”  Officials said that “with the onset of warmer weather, many resident coyotes will set up dens for pups that will arrive this spring. Coyotes are well adapted to suburban and even some urban en…
These Hudson Valley Towns Rank Among Highest In State For Most Black Bears Taken In 2018 These Hudson Valley Towns Rank Among Highest In State For Most Black Bears Taken In 2018
These Hudson Valley Towns Rank Among Highest In State For Most Black Bears Taken In 2018 Hunters in the Hudson Valley were among the most proficient in taking bears, according to the DEC’s Black Bear Harvest summary. During the 2018-2019 hunting season, New Yorkers hunted down 1,295 black bears statewide, a decrease of 125 from the previous year. Of the bears that were hunted, 349 were killed by bow, 66 were killed by a muzzleloader and 11 were taken by youth hunters. In the Southern Zone, 804 bears were killed, 60 percent of which were male, and 491 bears were killed in the Northern Zone. In Dutchess, a total of 16 bears were killed in Amenia, Dover, Northeast, Pawling, Stanf…
431-Pound Bear Euthanized After Confronting Resident, Ransacking Connecticut Home 431-Pound Bear Euthanized After Confronting Resident, Ransacking Connecticut Home
431-Pound Bear Euthanized After Confronting Resident, Ransacking Connecticut Home A 431-pound bear was euthanized after entering a home in Connecticut, confronting the homeowner and then ransacking the kitchen and dining room. The incident took place early Saturday morning, April 20 when a Simsbury homeowner walked into his kitchen and was met by the huge bear who was looking for food, said Lee Sawyer, spokesman for Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The homeowner immediately left the home and called the police who contacted DEEP officials.  While inside the home, the bear broke windows and flooded the kitchen and dining room after either break…
Here's How You Can Help To Avoid Conflicts With Coyotes Here's How You Can Help To Avoid Conflicts With Coyotes
Here's How You Can Help To Avoid Conflicts With Coyotes With winter slowly transforming to spring and temperatures warming up, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has released its annual guide on how to avoid conflicts with coyotes. DEC officials released the guide on Monday as warmer weather will soon bring coyotes out from the wild to set up dens for pups that will arrive during the spring. "This time of year, DEC sees an uptick in questions from New Yorkers regarding coyotes and their behavior," DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said in the statement. "While coyotes are an integral and beneficial part of our natural ecosys…
Concern Grows After Yet Another Coyote Sighting In This Westchester City Concern Grows After Yet Another Coyote Sighting In This Westchester City
Concern Grows After Yet Another Coyote Sighting In This Westchester City Concern is mounting in the community as coyotes continue to be spotted on busy streets in one of Westchester's largest cities. In the past week, coyote sightings were reported in New Rochelle on Palmer Avenue near Stop & Shop, Harding Drive, Wilson Drive, Spencer Place and Evergreen Avenue.  One such report said that a can of soup rolled out of a bag and the coyote attempted to eat it. Sightings had previously been reported in the West Somers Park neighborhood and other area parks. It is not clear if it is one coyote making the rounds or several that have taken up residence in the area…
New Coyote Sightings Reported In Three Northern Westchester Locales New Coyote Sightings Reported In Three Northern Westchester Locales
New Coyote Sightings Reported In Three Northern Westchester Locales There are some wild new neighbors setting up shop in Westchester. The Mount Pleasant Police Department is reporting several new wild coyote sightings in the area, prompting it to issue an alert to the community. Coyotes were spotted in the area of Warren Avenue and Sherman Avenue in Hawthorne; on Hardscrabble Road in Chappaqua and Choate Lane in Pleasantville. The sightings follow several in New Rochelle, Greenburgh, Eastchester, Putnam, Dutchess and Rockland counties. According to the DEC, “coyotes are well adapted to suburban and even some urban environments, but for the most part they …
Black Bear Sighting Reported In Armonk Black Bear Sighting Reported In Armonk
Black Bear Sighting Reported In Armonk There’s been another black bear sighting in the Westchester, this time in Armonk. A Maryland Avenue homeowner reported to police at approximately 7 p.m. on Sunday night that there was a black bear roaming the streets near before making its way back into the woods just east of I-684 without incident. Last week, police in East Fishkill issued an alert when a black bear was spotted rummaging through trash cans. Local residents have been advised to keep pets inside and to not allow them to confront a bear. Any bear sighting should be reported to police by calling (845) 221-2111 so the departme…
Drones Employed To Track Coyote That Bit People, Killed Dog In Westchester Drones Employed To Track Coyote That Bit People, Killed Dog In Westchester
Drones Employed To Track Coyote That Bit People, Killed Dog In Westchester It's all hands on deck for the Greenburgh Animal Control Division, which is using drones and a specialized team in an attempt to locate a coyote that bit a postal worker in the leg and is suspected of several additional attacks in the area. Residents in the area were warned by police to be on alert for a wandering coyote, which reportedly may be rabid, that bit three people and killed a dog on Wednesday, according to Hastings Police Lt. David Dosin. The coyote was last seen in the area of Westminster Drive in Yonkers, Det. Sgt. Dean Politopoulos said on Thursday afternoon. Greenburgh Town …