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New Black Bear Sighting Reported In Woods Near I-684

There was a black bear sighting in North Castle.
There was a black bear sighting in North Castle. Photo Credit: East Fishkill Police Department

There’s been another black bear sighting in the Westchester, this time in Armonk.

A Maryland Avenue homeowner reported to police at approximately 7 p.m. on Sunday night that there was a black bear roaming the streets near before making its way back into the woods just east of I-684 without incident.

Last week, police in East Fishkill issued an alert when a black bear was spotted rummaging through trash cans.

Local residents have been advised to keep pets inside and to not allow them to confront a bear. Any bear sighting should be reported to police by calling (845) 221-2111 so the department can determine if the Department of Environmental Conservation needs to respond to the area.

According to the New York State DEC, if you encounter a bear:

  • Never run from a bear- stay calm, speak in a loud and calm voice, slowly back away and leave the area;
  • Use noise to scare away bears from Your campsite- yell, clap, or bang pots immediately upon sighting a bear near your campsite;
  • Do not throw your backpack or food bag at an approaching bear;
  • From a safe distance, make loud noises by shouting or banging pots to scare the bear away;
  • Once the bear leaves, remove all attractants such as bird seed, garbage, and pet food;
  • Ask neighbors to remove attractants.

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