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New black bear sightings in Northtowns

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Police urge caution as black bear is seen in area

June 22, 2018 - 6:37 am
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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - New bear sightings in North Tonawanda Friday.  It's an indication that the black bear, originally spotted in Amherst, is on the move. 

The sighting came from Nash Rd in North Tonawanda.  "When bears are sighted in areas that they don't frequent, they are using migrating from one place to another," said Gina Browning with the SPCA Serving Erie County.

North Tonawanda Police say the bear, about 2 years old, traveled as far as Oliver and 16th before officers moved him into a wooded area on Daniel Drive. 

As long as the bear keeps moving, there are no plans by police or animal control to do anything other than monitor their where-abouts. 

Browning said removing any food source is key.  "Bears have very good memories.  If you have bird seed out or cat food for community cats, remove that food if you're in the area that the bear is frequenting.  If you don't, the bear will remember that food source and may not move on".

The first sightings of the bear came from the Ransom Oaks area of the town of Amherst on Thursday.

Police have released photos from Police Investigator Kevin Maria who saw the bear in the Millersport/Hopkins area of the town Thursday evening.

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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