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Black Bear Sighted on Buxton Road

Bedford police said it was one of four recent black bear sightings in the area.

A black bear wandered up the driveway of a Buxton Road home Wednesday morning and charged toward a resident approximately 40 feet away.

Bedford police said they were notified early yesterday of the sighting and dispatched an officer to the area. The bear had gone prior to police arrival, according to Detective Sgt. Thomas Diebold. If the bear had still been in the area, or there was another immediate sighting, police would contact the Department of Environmental Conservation.

An average adult male bear weighs about 300 pounds while females average about 170 pounds—and the largest bear reported from New York weighed approximately 750 pounds, according to the DEC. The department's website says that black bears are omnivorous and eat grasses, berries, fruit, nuts, seeds, insects, grubs in nature—and when available, human sources of food like corn, honey, bird seed, trash, and pet food.

Although he couldn't recall a recent time when the DEC had to visit the area or tranquilize a bear, Diebold said there were a total of four black bear sightings in Bedford this month: On Harris Road; on McLain Street near Barker Road; on Chestnut Ridge Road and Buxton Road.

"There are several wooded areas around here and it's not totally uncommon for a bear to forage for an easy meal," he said. "We advise residents to not confront bears. And if they live in forested areas they should secure garbage cans and not to leave food outside to ensure bears aren't attracted to their homes."

Don Pachner August 31, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Many more bear sightings go unpublished...I was lucky enough to see a 300 lb male black bear at my caged-in bird feeder a month ago and we were both surprised seeing one another 10' away, the bear slipped and fell on its belly, tan snoot and paw pads flying up into the air on the embankment with a comical expression on its face, and sauntered away into the woods to look for easier pickings of berries and grubs. As long as people don't leave food around for them and respect their space, they don't become nuisance bears...I don't report wild animals in the woods to the police...I would feel like a snitch asking them to cite the bear for berry picking without a permit!

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