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Ardsley Resident, Village Worker Report Black Bear Sightings

Village officials reported that there have been two sightings of black bears in Ardsley this week, April 15-16.
Village officials reported that there have been two sightings of black bears in Ardsley this week, April 15-16. Photo Credit: Flickr/Forester Service

ARDSLEY, N.Y. -- Village of Ardsley offcials reported Wednesday, April 16 that the village office had received two reports of black bear sightings in the past 24 hours.

The first was a report by a Department of Public Works worker of a black bear feeding out of an open dumpster at the construction site of the former Water Wheel restaurant on Saw mill River Road (Route 9A), according to a notice by the village.

The second was a report by a resident on Concord Road. There have been no further reports.

According to Ardsley Police Chief Emil Califano, black bears tend to wander many miles in a single day, and it is very possible Tuesday's visitor is very far from the village by now.

There was a black bear sighting in Peekskill last July.

Village officials advised residents to never approach or surround a bear because they may become aggressive when they feel threatened. It is suggested to use noise -- yell, clap, or bang pots -- immediately upon sighting a bear.

In the event of a beat sighting, notify the police at 911 or 693-1700.

For more information about bear encounters please visit the New York Department of Environmental Conservation website.