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YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. – Yorktown police have reported signs of a bear being on the loose in the Croton Heights area of Yorktown, and urge residents to remain indoors if a bear is spotted.
Although the bear itself has not been seen, footprints in snow covered ground have been observed and bird feeders have been tampered with.
As a reminder for wildlife activity, Yorktown police advise residents to familiarize themselves with steps below to prevent negative interactions.
- Don’t leave small children or pets unattended
- Removed bird feeders, which are a strong attraction for bears.
- Do not leave garbage outside of houses or garages – Garbage is extremely attractive to bears and it should always be kept in sealed garbage cans inside a sturdy building. Burning garbage is illegal and may also increase attractiveness to bears.
- Mask garbage odors with ammonia-soaked rags.
- Remove the grease can from gas and charcoal grills after every use. Turn the grill on high for several minutes after you are done cooking to burn off residual odors on the grill.
- Do not place food outside to attract wildlife. Any food used to attract birds, squirrels, or other wildlife will also attract bears.
- Do not feed pets outside. Leftover food or even an empty dish can attract a bear.
- Do not operate refrigerators or freezers outside or on porches. Bears can smell what’s inside.
Questions or concerns may be addressed by CSW Waterhouse at 914-962-4457, extension 309.
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