The bears are waking up and are busy dumpster diving and ravaging garbage cans.
This bear was spotted off Route 22 in Brewster on Monday, March 25, by a Daily Voice reader.
Environmental officials say that means its time to lock your garbage cans, remove bird feeders from yards, and to watch your household pets if they free roam in your yard.
A few tips to remember if approached by 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.
And, don't approach a bear to take a photo. But if you do happen to get a great bear picture, send it to Daily Voice.
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