An advisory has been issued by police in Northern Westchester following the latest black bear sighting in the area.
The New Castle Police Department issued an alert on Friday afternoon, cautioning that a black bear was spotted walking along Campfire Road, Millwood Road and Hardscrabble Road. It was last seen in the wooded area of Gedney Park. Police said that local residents should be “cautious and alert.”
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."
No injuries have been reported. Check back to Daily Voice for updates.
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.