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Huge Black Bear Makes Mess Of Things At Pound Ridge Home

This black bear was caught in the act after ripping down a bird feeder by Steven Silberstang, who lives on Sherwood Road in Pound Ridge.
This black bear was caught in the act after ripping down a bird feeder by Steven Silberstang, who lives on Sherwood Road in Pound Ridge. Photo Credit: Contributed

This story has been updated.

The bear went over the mountain -- and then headed down to the river in Northern Westchester -- but not before making quite a mess of things during both the day and night on Saturday.

A black bear was sighted and photographed by Steven Silberstang, who lives on Sherwood Road in Pound Ridge with his wife, Sylvia Smolensky, who also spotted the bruin.

Silberstang told Daily Voice he saw the bear around 3 p.m. on the slope leading down to the Mianus River.

"The property next to me is owned by a Connecticut water company, next to the land protected by the Mianus River Gorge, then the Mianus River," Silberstang said. "On the other side are the Mianus Gorge hiking trails accessed from Middle Patent Road - thousands of undeveloped acres. Likely, the bear is living or migrating through the Gorge."

But it took its time to get there.

Silberstang reports the bear returned in the evening and ripped a woodpecker feeder off the post, dragging it into the woods as it ate all the seeds and suet.

Silberstang then discovered their bird feeder was also missing and saw the bear once again "having a grand old time noshing on safflower seeds.

But wait, there's more. The bear returned for another round "taking down my songbird feeder this time by knocking down the 10-foot tall 4x4 post secured in the ground with a deep metal peg."

Silberstang said the bear snapped the peg from where it attached to the 4x4 post  "actually snapping the steel."

The bear then "disassembled the feeder, spilled the seeds on the lawn and pawed out what remained. I think he enjoyed taking down the feeder even more than eating the safflower treat. Most of the seed was left on my lawn when he finished and decided to go."

Having had enough, Silberstang called the police. Luckily, the bear also had its fill.

Two officers quickly arrived "very entertained by the bear show," Silberstang said.

The bear, meanwhile, made its way to the stone wall in the backyard stone wall, climbed over and started towards the Mianus.

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