Deputy Town Clerk, Paula Edwards, is now keeping track of bear sightings within the Town of Binghamton. If you’d like to report a bear, please call Paula at 772-0357, ext. 23.
Beginning in early May of this year, we began receiving calls from concerned residents who had seen bears in the Town of Binghamton. (Bears have been seen on the following roads: Stevens, Pierce Creek, Hance, Woodworth, Carman, and on several streets in the Park Terrace area near the Town Hall.) Please be aware of your surroundings!
First, NEVER approach, surround, or corner a bear. Bears will defend themselves when they feel threatened. NEVER run from a bear. Stay calm, speak in a loud and calm voice, slowly back away, and leave the area. If you’re at a good distance from the bear, you can yell, clap, or bang pots, and that should be enough to scare it away.
While there is not a lot we can do to completely get rid of bears in our neighborhoods, we can take one simple step that may deter them from coming back . . . remove their food source. Bears are always on the prowl for a tasty snack, and their favorite snacks include food scraps in your garbage, bird seed in your feeders, dog/cat food left in an outside dish, and even tasty morsels from your last steak on the grill. Please be mindful that bears are in our area, and do you best to remove anything that would attract them to your property.
Finally, if you’d like more information, you can visit the following DEC website for additional information: https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/94710.html
If you are dealing with a consistent bear problem, you should call the DEC directly to speak with a wildlife officer. The NYSDEC general wildlife phone number (in Cortland, NY) is (607) 753-3095, ext. 247.
And finally . . . don’t forget to call Paula if you see a bear! She even encourages you to send a picture or two. You can call Paula at 772-0357, ext. 23. Her e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org