COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A bear roaming the Pine Avenue neighborhood was captured on a home surveillance camera on September 29 at 1:50 a.m. Colonie police shared the video from a Colonie resident on their Facebook page.
What are you supposed to do if you encounter a bear? The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has provided guidance if you ever come across the path of a bear.
If you encounter a bear at your campsite
- Use noise to scare bears away. Yell, clap, or bang pots.
- Walk slowly and speak in a loud and calm voice.
- Cautiously back away from the bear and leave the area.
- Don’t approach, surround, or corner a bear
- Don’t run from a bear. They may chase.
- Don’t throw your backpack or food bag at an approaching bear. This will only encourage bears to approach you.
If you encounter a bear in a building
- Provide an exit for the bear. Give the bear a clear escape route out of the building.
- As you back away from the bear, leave all doors open.
- Do not lock the bear in a room. The bear will become most frustrated.
- Remove all attractants: food, bird feeders, garbage, coolers from open areas
- Pack bear spray
- Use the buddy system. Multiple people together appear to be a greater threat to a bear.
- Contact the DEC about the area you plan to visit.
There are currently a minimum of 6,000 to 8,000 black bears in areas open to hunting. According to DEC, about 50-60% inhabit the Adirondack region and 30-35% inhabit the the Catskill region.
More information about bear encounters is available on the DEC website.
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