DEPUTY CLERK, PAULA EDWARDS, IS COUNTING BEARS AGAIN!

Tues., May 26, 2020
Tracy Tokos, a resident on Ingraham Hill Road, was able to video this Mama bear and her three baby cubs this morning as they played near a swingset in her yard.  These bears are being labeled as the Ingraham-Tokos 4 bears.  Click here to watch the video. 

She also captured these pictures:
Ingraham-Tokos 4 #1
Ingraham-Tokos 4  #2
Ingraham-Tokos 4 #3 

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Weds., May 20, 2020 – Midnight
Stacie Sabin, a resident on Saddlemire Road, sent in this video of a large black bear caught on camera near her front door.  We’re glad she didn’t let the dog outside just then!  This bear is being named Saddlemire-Sabin 1.  Click here to watch the video.

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Weds., May 20, 2020
Now that the Town Hall has reopened, Paula is back to counting bears.  If anyone captures photos and/or videos of bears, please let Paula know by sending an e-mail to her at deputyclerk@townofbinghamton.com.  Please note the date, time, and location of the bear sighting so that she can map it.   Thanks, everyone!

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Weds., May 6, 2020 – 10 p.m.
This Mama bear and three cubs were captured on a porch cam as they walked near Tammy Liberati’s house on Morgan Road.  Click here to watch the video.

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Weds., April 22, 2020 – Here’s a cute video we recently received (set to music) showing the same four “Jackson-Standish” bears that we keep reporting.  Enjoy!  Click here to watch video

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Tues., April 7, 2020 – A resident on Progy Road reported that four bears were discovered at her birdfeeder at 5 a.m. on Sunday, April 5.  Her cats alerted her that something was going on outside, so she opened the shade to look out and was shocked to see this bear looking back at her.  She reports that there were four bears in total; one very large “mama” bear with three cubs.  The pics are cubs.  We’re all wondering if this is the same foursome that we’ve often been reporting in the Jackson Road area (see below).

Click here to see Progy Road bear at birdfeeder

Click here to see another pic of the Progy Road bear at birdfeeder

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Wed., March 18, 2020 – Paula received a trail cam video today from a resident who lives on Jackson Road.  The video was taken on 3/12/2020.  It’s pretty neat!  Click here to watch four bears on the trail cam.

We’re thinking that the fourth bear is the same bear that was identified last week on Brinkman Road (bear has white on it’s chest).  The other three bears are now labeled as Jackson-Standish-1, 2, 3.

Click here to see Jackson-Standish 1

Click here to see Jackson-Standish 2

Click here to see Jackson-Standish 3

 

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Previously reported — We have had many bear sightings to date in the Town of Binghamton!  The Deputy Town Clerk, Paula Edwards, would like to encourage residents to share photos of any bears that have been “captured” on their trail cams or outdoor cams.  Any bear photos that come in will be logged by date, road, and the name of sender.  Photos will be displayed in the Town Clerk’s office.

One bear is already identified as Brinkman-Sutkowski-1.   This bear is identified by a white chest plate.  It’s pretty exciting to see the number of bears in our little neck of the woods!

Previously reported . . . Even though it’s not officially spring yet, we’ve started getting reports of bear sightings in the Town of Binghamton.  This week, we’ve already had two reports of bear activity.  Specifically, a resident from Progy Road reported birdfeeders being demolished, while a resident on Jackson Road stopped at the Town Hall today to report three adult bears that have been demolishing birdfeeders and foraging very close to homes on Jackson Road.  This resident wanted others to know that she believes this is the same mother bear and two cubs that have been around the area for the last two seasons.  The young cubs are now maturing and are almost as big as their mama, but no matter what age, a mama bear will protect her cubs.

We thought it might be a good time to provide a few reminders from the NYSDEC:

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 . . .  Deputy Town Clerk, Paula Edwards, is 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.  She even encourages you to send a picture or two.  Her e-mail is:  deputyclerk@townofbinghamton.com

 

 

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