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Multiple Black Bear Sightings Reported In Westchester

Multiple sightings of a black bear were reported Saturday in Northern Westchester near the Putnam border.
Multiple sightings of a black bear were reported Saturday in Northern Westchester near the Putnam border. Photo Credit: Contributed

Multiple sightings of a black bear were reported Saturday in Northern Westchester near the Putnam border.

The Yorktown Police Department received the reports of a black bear along the Route 202 (Crompond Road) corridor near BJ's, Lexington Avenue, Sylvan Glen Park Preserve, the Yorktown Paw Park and Stony Street.

There is no indication that the bear is sick or injured, Yorktown Police said.

Yorktown police officers and the Yorktown Animal Control Officer responded.

Authorities are offering a series of tips in case of a close encounter with 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.

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