Black Bear Sighting in Nanuet Leads to Safety Tips from Police Department

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CLARKSTOWN, NY – The Clarkstown Police Department is urging caution after a black bear was sighted walking along South Pascack Road and Pipetown Road in Nanuet Tuesday evening. Police used the encounter to issue a public safety warning regarding bears and how to handle encounters.

“This evening a black bear was spotted in the area of S Pascack Rd and Pipetown Hill Rd. In Nanuet. We remind everyone to stay away from bears. We have listed some safety tips and a link to become more informed,” the department said.

Video footage was provided to the police department by Scott Yak from Ring doorbell video footage.

“Don’t panic. Bears are more likely to be afraid of you than you are of them. Enjoy the privilege of seeing a magnificent wild animal, but don’t lose sight of the fact that bears are powerful animals that will defend themselves if they feel threatened,” the department said. “Never approach, surround or attempt to touch a bear. Always leave a clear escape route for a bear. If you feel threatened by a bear, back away slowly, but do not run. If the bear won’t leave, make loud noises—yell, clap, blow car horns or air horns, or drum on nearby objects.”

“Never approach, surround or attempt to touch a bear. Always leave a clear escape route for a bear,” the department said. “If you feel threatened by a bear, back away slowly, but do not run. If the bear won’t leave, make loud noises—yell, clap, blow car horns or air horns, or drum on nearby objects.”

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