CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - New Castle Police are warning residents to be extra cautious after a black bear was spotted recently on Quaker Road near the Duck Pond in Chappaqua.
There have also been black bear sightings around Route 100, Gedney Park and the Douglas Road area.
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation said it would only remove a bear from an area if the bear creates a public disturbance, acts aggressively toward a human or pet, attempts to enter a home or is injured and cannot move freely to escape. Because bears are natural to the area, the NYDEC recommends taking the following precautions:
- Do not feed the bears under any circumstances.
- Clean up areas around garbage cans and do not put garbage outside overnight. Put garbage out only on pickup days.
- Nuisance bear problems are usually a temporary situation in early spring. Bird feeders attract bears and are often torn down. Take down or clean up all bird feeders (including humming bird feeders) for several weeks after a bear visit.
- Feed pets in the house if possible and clean up all left over food.
- Outdoor grills will attract bears. If you have had a bear problem you should stop cooking outside on your grill, clean it up, and store it in a bear-proof area for a couple of weeks.
- Bears are attracted to all types of garbage. Stop adding refuse to your compost pile and if it is located close to your house you should move it as far away as possible.
- Bears have an extraordinary sense of smell. If you store pet food, fish food, or any other items that might appeal to a bears sense of smell under an open shed or in a wooden shed you should remove it to a secure location.
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