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Brand-New Black Bear Sighting Reported In Northern Westchester

This black bear made itself at home in Haverstraw in June. Photo Credit: Haverstraw Police Department
A Daily Voice reader submitted a photo of this recent black bear sighting in the area, this one in Poughkeepsie. Photo Credit: Lauren Jolly
This bear cub was recused by police in Warwick. Photo Credit: Warwick Police Department

There's been a brand-new black bear sighting to start the workweek.

It comes from Northern Westchester, where more than a half dozen such sightings have been reported since the start of the month.

The bear was observed near the intersection of Vails Lane and Inningwood Road in Ossining, New Castle Police said in an advisory issued Monday morning.

"Be cautious and stay alert," the advisory stated.

Here are some tips in case you have a close encounter with a bear:

  • 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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