Black Bear Seen Wandering Around New York Town
Another wild black bear was spotted over the weekend wandering around a town in New York.
According to their Facebook page, the local police department in Lancaster stated that a wild black bear was seen walking around the town.
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This is not the first time a black bear has been spotted in Lancaster. Back in June of this year, a bear was spotted near Schwartz Road.
Police are asking people to call the Lancaster Police Department at 716-683-2800 if they see the bear, and police are also reminding folks to NOT approach the bear under any circumstances.
Here are things to do and don't do if you encounter a bear in the wild.
Most black bears prefer to avoid humans, So use noise to scare bears away. Yell, clap, or bang pots immediately upon sighting a bear near your campsite.
Stay calm: Walk slowly and speak in a loud and calm voice.
Leave slowly: Cautiously back away from the bear and leave the area.
Approach, surround, or corner a bear: Bears aggressively defend themselves when they feel threatened.
Be especially cautious around cubs as mother bears are very protective.
Don't run from a bear: They may chase you.
Throw your backpack or food bag at an approaching bear: This will only encourage bears to approach and "bully" people to get food. By teaching a bear to approach humans for food, you are endangering yourself, other campers/residents, and the bears.
You also never want to feed a bear any type of food.
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