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Video: Bear Meets Bird Feeder In Beekman

A black bear was spotted playing with a bird feeder in a Beekman backyard.
A black bear was spotted playing with a bird feeder in a Beekman backyard. Video Credit: Contributed by Colleen Hayes

A playful black bear was caught on camera playing with a bird feeder in a backyard in Dutchess County.

In the video, the bear can be seen looking around the yard in Beekman before getting on two paws, grabbing the bird feeder and sniffing around. He then slinks off and began his trip back into the woods.

The sighting is just the latest in the Hudson Valley in recent weeks. A bear on the prowl in Ossining forced police to increase patrols near an elementary school, while another has been making the rounds in Clarkstown.

One bear was tranquilized in a tree and taken into custody and another has been busy in North Salem and Purdys, hanging out near an elementary school and an area golf course. In Pine Plains, an area resident caught a mother bear and cub on camera going through the trash in their backyard.

According to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, “though rarely seen by most New Yorkers, black bears are valued by hunters, photographers, and wildlife watchers.

“Many people enjoy just knowing that bears are present in New York. For many, black bears symbolize wilderness and wildness, but increasingly, bears can be found in semi-rural environments, agricultural areas, and occasionally in urban centers.”

In the event of a bear sighting, officials offered a series of tips in case of a close encounter:

  • Remain calm and avoid sudden movements;
  • Give the bear plenty of room, allowing it to continue its activities undisturbed. If it changes its behavior, you are too close, back away;
  • If you see a bear, but it doesn't see you, detour quickly and quietly;
  • If it sees you, talk in normal tones and wave your arms;
  • If a bear pursues you, do not run. Throw a personal item on the ground. He may be distracted by this and allow you to slowly escape;
  • A standing bear is not always a sign of aggression. Many bears will stand to get a better view.

"If a bear is seen in your town or neighborhood, leave it alone. In most situations, if left alone and given an avenue for escape, the bear will usually wander back into more secluded areas," according to officials. "Keep dogs under control.

"Stay away from the bear and advise others to do the same. Do not approach the bear so as to take a photo or video. Often a bear will climb a tree to avoid people. A crowd of bystanders will only stress the bear and also add the risk that the bear will be chased into traffic or the crowd of people."

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