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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org