DEC urging New Yorkers to help avoid black bear conflicts

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FILE — A black bear and cub share a spot in tall grass off a road in Anchorage, Alaska, on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

NEW YORK (WUTR) — State authorities are encourages residents to help avoid prevent conflicts with larger animals.

As summer is a busy time for bears, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos urged New Yorkers to take simple steps to avoid conflicts with black bears.

“DEC is receiving reports of bears roaming neighborhoods in several parts of upstate New York,” stated Commissioner Seggos. “We are encouraging New Yorkers to help reduce the potential for negative interactions with bears by removing the things bears find attractive like pet food and trash.”   

Specifically for those living in “bear country,” which include a large portion of upstate New York, residents are asked to take the following precautions:

  • Secure garbage indoors or locked outbuilding until the morning of pickup or transport
  • Remove birdfeeders
  • Clean grease from grills
  • Secure livestock feed and don’t feed pets outdoors.

More information can be found on the DEC website.

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