On Monday, Lancaster Police reported two bear sightings. This summer, there have been quite a few bear sightings in Western New York, so here are the things to know when you come across a bear according to the DEC.
IF YOU ENCOUNTER A BEAR:
- Do not panic. Bears are likely just 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 backpacks or 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.
The DEC also says that the most common attractants are poorly stored garbage, bird feeders, messy grills, and pet food left outdoors. Once a bear finds these foods, if will often continue to return to that area.
If you see the bear in Lancaster, you are encouraged to call Lancaster PD at (716) 683-2800, or the DEC at 518-402-8013.