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Police Chase But Can't Catch Bear
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Monroe County sheriff’s deputies and Department of Environmental Conservation police searched for a young black bear Saturday morning who was wandering the woods and streets of Henrietta.
The bear was spotted around 7:30 a.m. near the Red Lobster restaurant on Jefferson Road. Deputies then followed him north over Jefferson to Jay Scutti Boulevard into the parking lot of Kohl's Department store. They continued to track the bear into a brush lot behind the Kwik Fill gas station near the CSX railroad tracks.
Police tried to push the animal towards rangers who were armed with tranquilizer guns.
Around 10 a.m. the bear slipped by the officers traveling north over the railroad tracks towards the Brighton-Henrietta Townline Road.
"It's been interesting. Everyone's all scratched up and probably a few cases of poison ivy before we're done but that's what we do," Department of Environmental Conservation’s Lieutenant David Baker said.
A hunt, a search, a lookout, whatever you want to call it, it's definitely been a chase.
"This morning we had it trapped in a small piece of woods but unfortunately it escaped from where we had it trapped. It's not entered a large piece of woods which is a good thing," Lt. Baker said.
"He was just crossing over the railroad tracks as the sheriffs were pushing him away from the plaza," witness Chris Wojtowicz said.
Wojtowicz saw the furry creature Saturday morning while making a delivery in Henrietta.
"It didn't look like a big bear. It looked like a medium-sized bear. I've seen bears before and it wasn't a huge bear," Wojtowicz said.
The DEC says this black bear on the run has likely come from the Bristol Hills, Livingston County area. He's two-years-old and trying to establish his territory.
"This is not uncommon. It will probably be more common in Monroe County as the bear population moves north from the Pennsylvania border," Lt. Baker said.
"The bear goes in, you see, we have a little enticement, so he goes in, he pulls on that which takes the trigger, pulls it forward and that comes down and he's trapped in there," a DEC employee explained while he demonstrated how the bear trap operates.
DEC authorities laid the trap in Brighton, near Genesee Valley Park. This is the second day they've laid down the trap. They're hoping now that the bear is in an unpopulated area, they can safely catch the bear and release it in the Southern Tier.
At an average speed of 25 to 30 miles per hour, the DEC says small bears like the one on the loose can travel fast and far.
"The public is not in any danger because of the bear. In some ways we're very happy where it moved to because it is in a very unpopulated area," Lt. Baker said.
Coming one more step closer to his home.
Black Bear Population is Growing
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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation studies and tracks the black bear population in New York.
The department uses a tracking system to follow where the bears are moving and when. The department said the bear population is growing in the state. The bears have been moving north to more populated areas in the southern Finger Lakes, mainly because development has forced them to move.
If you come across a black bear, don’t approach it. Bears are usually afraid of humans and will not attack unless they are antagonized first.
Also, remove any food from outside your house, especially bird feeders. If you spot the bear, call 911.
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Bear befuddles police and DEC officials again
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News 10NBC is tracking new developments in the search for a black bear in Monroe County. He is on the move and a new trap has been set up to catch him.
The bear has made its way to the outskirts of the city and into the Brighton area. Department of Environmental Conservation officials were very close to sedating him Saturday morning, but he disappeared into the woods.
A new trap is now set up off of Brighton Henrietta Townline Road to get this bear out of Monroe County. Saturday morning, DEC officials were about 90 feet away from the bear, but a train rolled by, blew its horn and the bear, once again ran into the woods.
Police believe the bear is somewhere in the wooded area around Genesee Valley Park and the Lehigh Valley trail.
On Friday, the bear was spotted in the Henrietta area. A trap with a greasy combination of ham, bacon and sausage from a local restaurant was set up to catch him, but it did not work. One person we talked with who was eating in the park near where the bear was spotted, says the search will not stop her from enjoying the day.
“I really think they're more concerned of us than we are of them,” said Rose Worden of Caledonia. “Just have to use common sense, know when to be quiet and they will usually just go away. Just make noise and they will wander off.”
The bear has not been spotted since about noon on Saturday. A DEC spokesperson says they have people patrolling the area, but right now it is a waiting game. If you do see the bear, they are asking you to call authorities immediately. And they also say, not to go near it.
DEC officials believe this is the same bear that has been spotted in Lima, Bloomfield, Honeoye Falls and Avon in recent weeks. If the bear is caught, DEC workers will use a tranquilizer gun to sedate it. They will then take it down to the Southern Tier.
Welcome WeatherGoddess! That would be my neck of the woods but I didn't hear about that sighting. Do you know where it was? We seem to have had folks spot them all around us, but we've never see one on our property.
It was at the east end of Butcher Hill Road almost to Townsendville Rd. I heard there were claw marks where the bear tore down a board to get in a barn where there was a momma cat & her litter. All the cats were gutted. Apparently, DEC confirmed the prints and claw marks as a bear.
That would be my neighbors up the road. I did hear about the incident from another neighbor, but at the time they weren't sure what had killed the cats. I'm glad that my cat's an indoor cat! I'm certainly going to keep a close eye on the dogs when they're out.
Black bear turns up in Sweden
Animal is spotted on Northampton Park trail
Victoria E. Freile
(July 2, 2007) — The black bear that wandered through Monroe County last month is back.
About 1:15 p.m. Sunday, someone spotted a small bear in Northampton Park in western Monroe County, according to Monroe County emergency dispatchers.
A passer-by called 911 and told dispatchers that a small black bear was wandering down a trail in the county park, somewhere between Salmon Creek and Sweden Walker Road in the town of Sweden.
By the time deputies arrived at the scene, the bear was long gone, said Cpl. John Helfer of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies believe that the bear is the same young, male black bear that wandered through several Monroe County towns last month, including Pittsford, Gates and Ogden, Helfer said.
The black bear also had been spotted near several golf courses, including Genesee Valley Park on June 23 and near the Wegmans LPGA tournament at Locust Hill Country Club on June 22.
It appears as though the bear has been in the Ogden area for the past week, most recently spotted Saturday afternoon near Hutchings Road, Helfer said.
State Department of Environmental Conservation officials have been monitoring the bear's whereabouts since it first came into the area from Steuben County or Livingston County. The animal is estimated to weigh 180 pounds.
People who see the bear should not try to approach it and should call 911, Helfer said.
Another Monroe County Bear Sighting
by Casey J. Bortnick
Published Jul 05, 2007
Just when you thought it was safe to leave that picnic basket out, the summer bear sightings are back. The Department of Environmental Conservation believes it's now dealing with two young black bears on different sides of Monroe County. Most people don't seem too alarmed by the latest sightings.
"People just use some common sense and treat it as a wild animal," said DEC Regional Wildlife Manager Mike Wasilco.
It's an animal rarely seen in Monroe County, at least until this summer. And what was once thought to be one bear has become two.
"It's pretty likely the bear that was seen in the Rush area today is a different bear," Wasilco said.
After the first sighting in Henrietta last month, the DEC tracked a young black bear though several towns to Western Monroe County.
"The bear got all the attention a couple of weeks ago. It's still being seen out in the Ogden area," he added.
That bear was spotted in Ogden again Thursday morning. At about the same time, another black bear was seen miles away at the Wildwood Country Club in Rush. A maintenance worker was cutting the grass behind the 18th tee when he spotted the bear standing about 35 yards away. John Trott of Webster told RNews the bear simply looked around for a few minutes before heading back into the woods. So far the sighting of the bear hasn't kept the golfers from playing.
"Absolutely not," said Jim Donovan. "I might be worried about my playing partners, one of them getting me, but certainly not any bear," Donovan added.
The DEC believes both bears migrated north from the Finger Lakes. Wasilco agrees there's no real cause for concern as long as people remember to secure their garbage, and keep an eye on bird feeders.
"Once bears start associating people with food , they start to get into trouble and start losing their fear of people. And that's when they become dangerous," Wasilco said.
The DEC has no plans to trap either bear unless they move into more populated areas. To help continue tracking both animals, the public is asked to call the DEC at (585) 226-5380 with any sightings.