Little black bear spotted outside of Schenectady home

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — An unexpected visitor was spotted in the backyard of a man’s home in Schenectady. 

Homeowner Vincent Bagnato says he was alerted to a little black bear on his surveillance camera Sunday night. Bagnato has lived in Schenectady for more than 70 years. He says this was the first time a bear has visited his home.   

With a rise in reported sightings of black bears in suburban and urban areas, the DEC released a few tips if you encounter a bear. 

DEC Guidance If You Encounter a Bear  

  • Don’t panic. Most bears are as afraid of people as people are of bears  
  • Never approach, surround, or corner a bear  
  • Back away slowly-do not run  
  • Do not throw food at bears. If bears are rewarded with food, they will continue to seek food from people  
  • If feeling threatened by a bear, raise your arms over your head to look bigger and yell loudly at the bear while slowly backing away  

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