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Pair Of New Bear Sightings Reported In Rockland

A picture of a bear in a New Hempstead backyard in late September in a photo submitted to Daily Voice.
A picture of a bear in a New Hempstead backyard in late September in a photo submitted to Daily Voice. Photo Credit: Miriam Katz

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- The bears are back in town.

Clarkstown Police reported Saturday that there have been a couple of new sightings in the Congers area over the past few days.

"The bears are preparing for the upcoming winter so they are very hungry," police said. "They love it when we leave our garbage outside our homes. If you prefer to not have the bears stop by for a meal we ask that you leave your garbage in your home until the night before trash pickup. As we often remind everyone, bears are wild anials and we should avoid them at all costs."

Black bear populations are largely concentrated in upstate New York but there are smaller populations elsewhere, including the Hudson Valley, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation

While black bears are omnivores and largely consume grasses, berries, fruit and insects, they will also eat human food, including bird seed, honey and corn.

For Daily Voice's report on recent black bear sightings in Ramapo, click here.

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