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Black Bear Sighting Reported In Hopewell Junction

Bears are opportunistic feeders and will remember where they find easy food, the Department of Environmental Conservation notes. Photo Credit: Department of Environmental Conservation
A photo of the black bear seen in East Fishkill in May. Photo Credit: East Fishkill Police Department

HOPEWELL JUNCTION, N.Y. -- A black bear has been sighted in Hopewell Junction and appears to be heading north, according to the East Fishkill Police Department.

The bear was sighted in the area of the Hopewell Recreation Park (Route 376), police said.

"Although it is common for bears to be found wandering into rural areas, residents are advised to bring pets and children inside, and be on alert while conducting outdoor activities," East Fishkill Police said. "If a resident observes the bear, please seek shelter and contact this agency to advise us of the bear’s location."

Police remind residents not to attempt to feed the bear.

"It is illegal and can cause human/bear conflicts," police said.

The bear was seen heading in a northerly direction, police said.

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