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New Bear Sightings Reported In Northern Westchester

A bear that was sighted last week in Rockland County.
A bear that was sighted last week in Rockland County. Photo Credit: Dan Donohue

There have been new black bear sightings in the area.

The latest report comes out of Northern Westchester, where the police department received two calls on Wednesday regarding bear sightings in the village.

Croton-on-Hudson Police said that the first call came at approximately 1:25 p.m. in the area of Cleveland Drive, while the second sighting was reported at 2 p.m. on Mountain Trail.

The sightings come on the heels of several others in the area.

According to police, any resident that spots a bear has been instructed to contact the department’s non-emergency line by calling (914) 271-5177.

Following the latest bear sightings, officials offered a series of tips in case of a close encounter:

  • 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.

"If a bear is seen in your town or neighborhood, leave it alone. In most situations, if left alone and given an avenue for escape, the bear will usually wander back into more secluded areas," according to officials. "Keep dogs under control. Stay away from the bear and advise others to do the same. Do not approach the bear so as to take a photo or video. Often a bear will climb a tree to avoid people. A crowd of bystanders will only stress the bear and also add the risk that the bear will be chased into traffic or the crowd of people."

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