June, 2013 - multiple bear sightings during June. One by Jim Jackson on the North Shore and today (6/25) by Gary Jones on the Sylvia Lake Road (just after you turn off the dirt road - Old Beach Road.) It went into the woods towards the lake.
May 2, 2013, Gary and Linda Scott see a very large bear on East Shore. Gary said it was, "at least 350 to 400 pounds."
Black bears are common in much of New York. Problems with black bears at homes are usually created by people leaving food items in places that are accessible to bears. Once a bear finds food near a home, it will almost always return, and while in the area it will seek out anything it thinks may be edible, from bird feed and garbage to barbecue grills and compost piles. (DEC Information flyer)
At the August 11, 2012 Association meeting, Terri Metzger, (Wintergreen Bay) reported that a 450+ lb. bear is still very active in their area. It is believed there are more bears, but there is certainly this very big boy in the Wintergreen Bay neighborhood.
Although there have been sightings and encounters all over the lake this summer, at this time (mid August) the most active area is Wintergreen Bay/Old Beach. Craig and Terri have been in contact with an officer from DEC who wants to be alerted to any sightings. If necessary, he will come over from Watertown. He is going to use rubber bullets on the big boy in Wintergreen Bay, in hopes to discourage him. But if he continues to be a problem, relocation by other means may be necessary.
Thank you, Terri, for your report.
Report bear sightings directly to DEC
Scott Atwood, DEC
315-785-2231 (office) | 315-262-2304
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information about avoiding bears...
Read an article about bear activity
in Old Forge, NY.
- From North Country Now
Prevent problems by:
- Secure bags of trash inside cans stored in a garage, basement or other secure area, and placing the cans outside, as late as possible, on trash pick-up days — not the night before.
- Bear proof your existing garbage container with a secure latching system. Plastic containers are no match for a bear.
- Discontinue feeding wild birds during spring and summer, especially in areas close to bear habitat or if residents are aware of bear activity in the vicinity. Even if bird feeders are removed at night, bears are still attracted to seed that spills on the ground.
- If you live in an area with bear activity, don't leave home with windows or doors open and nothing but a screen to prevent an animal from gaining access to the house.
- Avoiding "free feeding" pets outdoors. If you must feed pets outdoors, make sure all food is consumed and empty bowls are removed.
- Cleaning all food and grease from barbecue grills after each use. Bears are attracted to food odors and may investigate.
Bears are VERY DANGEROUS.
DO NOT TRY TO TAKE THEIR PHOTO - DO NOT TRY TO FEED THEM.