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BETHLEHEM: Bears spotted in area

Heffernan said residents should call the town's animal control if they see a bear.

Always leave an escape route for the bear and back away and do not run from the wild animal. If the bear keeps coming back or will not leave, make loud noises such as yelling, clapping or blowing your car horns.

For more information on nuisance black bears go to: www.dec.ny.gov.

The black bear is New York's second largest land mammal; only the moose is larger, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation.

An average adult male weighs about 300 pounds while females average about 170 pounds and the largest bear reported from New York weighed approximately 750 pounds. Black bears are omnivorous, eating grasses, berries, fruit, nuts, seeds, insects, grubs, and carrion, as well as human sources of food like corn, honey, birdseed, trash and pet food when available.

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