Black Bear Sighting in Amherst

Bear spotted on Smith near Transit Thursday morning

Tom Puckett
June 21, 2018 - 12:42 pm

Amherst, NY (WBEN) Amherst Police say a black bear was spotted in the area of Smith near Transit around 10:30 Thursday morning.

Police say the bear was last seen in the area of the Ransom Oaks Neighborhood. If a bear is sighted you're asked to contact police to report the location.

Police offer this advice if you see a bear:

● Don't panic. Bears are more likely to be afraid of you than you are of them, but don't lose sight of the fact that bears are powerful animals that may defend themselves if they feel threatened.

● Never approach , surround, or attempt to touch a bear. Always leave a clear escape route for the bear.

● If you feel threatened by a bear, back away slowly, but do not run. If the bear keeps coming back or will not leave, make loud noises-yell, clap, blow car horns or air horns, or drum on a nearby objects.

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