Black bears have not been shy about making their presence known throughout the area.
The latest sighting comes from Northern Westchester on Saturday, June 20.
It happened in South Salem on Old Church Lane, just west of the Fairfield County border in Ridgefield and Route 123. Photos submitted by Bruce and Silke Silverstein are shown in the first three images above.
There were multiple sightings of black bears and cubs reported in Rockland County in the past week, with some roaming through area backyards in Pomona, while others took leisurely strolls through quiet streets.
On Sunday morning, June 14, a Northern Westchester family observed a pair of bears on the front lawn.
Police in Westchester responded on Friday, June 12 as a bear strolled through St. Mary's Cemetery in Rye Brook.
On Thursday, June 11, a large black bear was spotted at the Maple Moor Golf Course on North Street in White Plains, forcing the club to temporarily shut down for the safety of golfers.
Earlier sightings were reported last week in Hastings, Greenburgh, and Scarsdale.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has previously said that unless a bear acts aggressively, it (or they) will be permitted to continue roaming freely.
According to the New York DEC, “though rarely seen by most New Yorkers, black bears are valued by hunters, photographers, and wildlife watchers.
- Earlier report: It's A Bear Fact: More Sightings Reported, Including One Taking Stroll At A Cemetery
“Be especially cautious around cubs, as mother bears are very protected,” officials said. “Never run from a bear; stay calm, speak in a loud and calm voice, and slowly back away from a safe distance. Make loud noises by shouting or banging pots to scare the bear away.
“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.”
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