BEDFORD, N.Y. -- Bear sightings have become commonplace in Bedford the past few years, and Bedford Police reminded all residents Tuesday to avoid wildlife attraction by securing all trash and not leaving any food out that may attract wildlife.
Bears are more likely to seek out human food sources in the spring, when natural food is scarce, and in the summer, particularly during periods of drought.
Frequently, humans create potential food sources for bears that may attract them into close proximity to residential areas. Activities that could attract bears include feeding birds, improperly storing garbage, and leaving messy grills and pet food outdoors.
Bears are opportunistic feeders and will remember where they find easy food, and return to that location frequently. Intentional feeding of bears or repeated access to human foods without negative consequence can lead bears to lose their fear of humans and become conditioned to seek out foods consumed by humans.
If you do encounter wildlife please consult the DEC website for helpful information on how to deal with wildlife prior to calling the police.