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Black Bear Encounters

Never Approach or Surround a Bear - Bears aggressively defend themselves when they feel threatened. Be especially cautious around cubs as mother bears are very protective.

Avoid Walking Trails at Night - Stay in your campsite to avoid chance encounters.

Illustration of bear eating contents of a cooler.Use Noise to Scare Bears - Yell, clap or bang pots immediately upon sighting a bear near your campsite.

Never Run From a Bear - If you feel threatened, back away slowly.

Do Not Throw Your Backpack or Food Bag at an Approaching Bear - This practice will only encourage bears to approach and "bully" people to get food.

Know Where Bears are Active - Contact the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation about the area you plan to visit:

  • Eastern Adirondacks: (518) 897-1291
  • Western Adirondacks: (315) 785-2261
  • Northern Catskills: (607) 652-7367
  • Southern Catskills: (845) 256-3098
  • Eastern Allegany region: (607) 776-2165, ext. 16
  • Western Allegany region: (716) 372-0645

Prevent Human-Bear Conflicts - Plan, handle, prepare and store food properly. Bears will keep to themselves and you will keep all your food for yourself.


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