Wednesday, July 30, 2020

Hi Everyone! It’s been a little while since the Town of Binghamton bears have shown themselves on camera, but thanks to Town employee, Zach Soboleski, we have a new photo for you. This big fellow (or gal?)  (the bear not Zach) showed up at his father’s house on Park Ave on Sunday, July 26th, trying to find a delicious snack in the trash bin, and was caught on camera in a slightly guilty pose.  Thanks for the photo Soboleski family! It will find a place of honor on the Town Clerk bear wall!  I’m proud to introduce the Park-Soboleski bear! 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Hi Everyone, just so you know, the DEC has a MODERATE  fire danger rating area risk for our area till the 24th of July. What this means is Fires can start from most accidental causes but, with the exception of lightning fires in some areas, the number of starts is generally low. Fires in open cured grasslands will burn briskly and spread rapidly on windy days. Timber fires spread slowly to moderately fast. The average fire is of moderate intensity, although heavy concentrations of fuel, especially draped fuel, may burn hot. Short-distance spotting may occur, but is not persistent. Fires are not likely to become serious and control is relatively easy.  Let’s keep our T.O.B bears and residents safe by immediately reporting any smoke or fires you might find.  For more information, check the DEC website at https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/68329.html
Stay safe out there everyone! 

Monday, July 20, 2020

Thanks to former T.O.B Councilman Norm Cline for his “bear call” today!  Norm was lucky enough to spot a bear meandering through the Jennings property on Hawleyton Road, between Hance Road and Maxian Road this morning around 10 a.m.  Unfortunately for us, Norm didn’t have his phone with him to snap a picture, but maybe he’ll get another chance soon! Thanks, Norm! Keep your eyes open and camera ready so we can post a photo of the Hawleyton-Cline Jennings bear!

And I just received an email from Jess Clement on Reynolds Circle.  Jess spotted a momma and two cubs in her flower bed, and Jess is pretty sure she saw that the momma had a white chest plate before they ‘scurried off into the night’.  Thanks for your email Jess!  Hopefully, you can get a photo of the Reynolds-Clement bears soon! 

Thursday, July 16, 2020

A big Thank you going out to Lynda Shaw of Hawleyton Road who sent me another photo of the “triplets”! This time, momma is with them but oblivious to their tree climbing antics. Photo taken sometime in June. Hawleyton Triplets with mom.

Just a note..has anyone had sight of the Brinkman Sutkowski bear lately? He (she) is the biggy with the large white chest plate. I’d be interested to know how far a TOB bear will wander in search of food or . . . love!  Keep the photos and videos coming. Phone calls welcome with sightings as well! Call The Town Clerk’s office at 772-0357, ext. 23 and leave a message with your bear sighting info!!!  Have a “beary” nice rest of the week!!! 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

On Friday, I received an email from Meggan Olds, who sent a slew of TOB bear photos.  Meggan’s dad, Ray Mastin, and her son were traveling on Morgan Road (between Stevens Road and Roberts Road) when they came upon a  local wandering  Euarctos Americanus (Black Bear).  Quick thinking on the part of Ray and his grandson have enabled us to have yet more photos for our gallery and the website!  Thank you, Meggan, for submitting the photos! And thanks to Ray and his grandson for their keen eyes!  Introducing the
Morgan – Mastin Olds bear:

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Ed and Esther Pettengill of Saddlemire Road have given the Town Clerk’s office some great photos of their back porch visitor who has been to see them three times this week!  Ed said he thinks the bear may only be about two years old because it isn’t that big.  All I know is, if the suet that it keeps eating at the Pettengill house is what’s making it’s nails grow that long, I’m about to change my diet! Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. P! The pictures are GREAT! Introducing the Saddlemire – Pettengill bear!

Wednesday, July 8,2020

Bear Fact of the week! Black bears dislike the smell of pine based cleaners! So if you want to clean outdoor furniture, tables, play areas or trash cans, choose a cleaner with a pine scent and not a lemony or fruity one, and one that’s preferably eco-friendly. There are many eco-friendly/organic pine scented products available online, but check with our local Agway, or Tractor Supply to see if they have any available! Also, weird bear fact..human urine is a deterrent for nosy bears! You can use that information any way you like!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Now that we’re back in the office from our short 4th of July holiday, it’s time to entertain you with a new Town of Binghamton bear photo!  Thank you to Lynda Shaw of Hawleyton Road for her submission of the Hawleyton-Shaw Triplets!  These little guys (or girls) are just the cutest creatures.  I wonder where Momma is?  The photo was taken in mid-June, so our little friends are most likely a bit bigger now! Thanks, Lynda!!! This is a great picture!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

HEADS UP to Stevens Road and Carman Road residents!   You have bears!  Today, two residents stopped by the office doing business, and both reported having recent bear activity on their property!  Beth Grill from Carman Road reported that they had a big fat bear last week at about 6:30 p.m., wandering down their driveway headed into the woods, and Thomas Cady from Stevens Road reported that both he and his nephew have had a lot of bear activity at their places!  Hopefully we can get some photos or videos so that “their” bears can be labeled and added to our ‘bear wall’ in the Town Clerk’s office!  It should only be a matter of time before the Town Hall gets its own bear sighting!  We see a lot of deer, including fawns, on the Town Hall lawn, but no bears yet.

We won’t be in the office until Monday, July 6th, but if you have any sightings to report from the weekend, please send them to deputyclerk@townofbinghamton.com with the location, approximate time, and the date!  T.O.B bear spotters are the BEST!!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Just a reminder to Town of  Binghamton residents that the Fourth of July weekend is upon us and that means BBQ’s!  Be vigilant when disposing of leftover food scraps and make sure those grills are cleaned well and stored securely after use.  The T.O.B bears don’t care where they find food, and with their sense of smell being 2000x’s that of humans, they can sniff out the grease from a steak from a mile away!  If you want to hang trash between trees to deter rummaging bears, make sure to use a dark cord as bears have come to associate light colored cords with food sources.  Be sure to hang trash at least 15 feet high, and 10 feet away from tree trunks.  Never leave food outside and unattended or you might find yourself coming face to face with Yogi and friends!  As always, the Town Clerk’s office welcomes all videos and photos of our local bears!  Have a happy, safe and bear free Fourth of July!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The interesting bear fact of the day:  Bears have two layers of fur.  The short layer keeps them warm and the long layer keeps water away from the bear’s skin and short fur!  A bear’s normal heartbeat is 40 beats per minute.  A hibernating bear’s heart rate drops to 8 bpm, but I’m sure that once the Town of Binghamton bears see those bird feeders full of seeds and smell trash bins full of delicious scraps, their hearts race faster than a starving man at a buffet table!  Keep your photos and videos coming in!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

One of the very chubby bears was out for a leisurely stroll yesterday. I wonder if his (her?) 3 pals are hiding in the woods close by! Thank you Donna Standish for your great photos!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

If you see a black bear standing on hind legs, it’s because it is trying to get a better view or scent of what is right in front of them. They can also walk a few feet on their hind legs, and this is why Native Americans used to call them the “beasts that walk like man”.  Because of their ability to balance on their hind legs, some circus bears were called ‘dancing bears’ because of the shuffle they use when they walk.
If you’ve never heard of Pedals the bear, you might find this interesting.  In 2004 Pedals, an American black bear that walked upright on it’s hind legs gained notoriaty for strolling through the backyards in Rockaway Township New Jersey, and became quite a celebrity. Pedals was killed by a hunter in October of 2016 which caused quite an uproar with the locals.  Janine Motta, who was director of the Bear Education and Research group proposed legislation that would ban bear hunting in the state of New Jersey for 5 years. This law was called ‘Pedals Law”.

“The northwest quadrant of New Jersey has more black bears per square mile than any other location in North America, as well as one of the nation’s highest bear reproduction rates, due largely to abundant food sources and excellent habitat,’’ according to Bob Considine who was a spokesperson for the Department of Environmental Protection at the time. 

Friday, June 19, 2020

The American black bear is only found in North America, with a population of roughly 750,000. They can be found as far south as Florida and Northern Mexico and as far north as far as forests grow in Alaska and Canada! And that includes the hills of the Town of Binghamton!

Wild adult males of breeding age can weigh in from 125 to 500 pounds, while wild adult females usually weigh in from 90 to 300 pounds. Cubs  weigh 1/2 to 1 pound at birth and by their first fall,  may weigh as little as 15 pounds or more than 150 pounds, depending on their food sources! We’ve seen some photos and videos of the chubby bears in our area so they are definitely eating well in the Town of Binghamton!

Bears have a keen sense of smell and can smell interesting food sources behind closed doors and inside of cars. While not huge meat eaters, they will partake of a good piece of leftover steak or hamburger in a trash can if no other food sources are available! (We also know that bears love the Town of Binghamton bird food buffets that they are coming across!)


Wednesday, June 18, 2020

A call came in this morning from Kandy Beauter on Woodworth Road.  Kandy tells us that both the Beuter family and neighbors two doors down have seen a lot of bear activity during the past few days.  As you may know, bears have a penchant for snacking on bird food, and they seemed to have found a buffet at the Beuter residence!  Keep your eyes open if you live in the  Woodworth Road area.  You might get a chance to see one of the T.O.B bears in action! Snap a pic or grab a video if possible, and send it to me here at deputyclerk@townofbinghamton.com or just a phone call with the location, date, and time of the sighting, and it will be logged and tagged on our map!

Yesterday, the office received photos of some of the bears, taken by Laura Kostyshak, Dustin Pavelski, and Jenn Nabywanic.  Laura’s bear sightings were on both Progy and Kostyshak Road; Dustin’s “road bear” was seen on Milks Road; and Jenn’s bear photos came in from Brinkman Road.  Also, Laura had the chance to see a momma bear with her three cubs on Progy Road, but unfortunately didn’t have a chance to take a photo.  All bear sightings have now been mapped on the tracking map in the Town Clerk’s office! Thank You for your submissions!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

A fat visitor to the Smith’s on Brinkman Road was caught on video!

A bear was seen rummaging through the trash on Montrose Ave at 4a.m. 6/17/2020 but the photo is a bit distant and hard to view. Thank you Jessica Baker for your submission!!!

Fri., June 12, 2020

Mark & Ann Smith who live on Brinkman Road (near Progy Road) had two visitors on their property on Monday evening, June 8 around 5 p.m.  These two very healthy black bears came out of the Pennsylvania woods (just across from their home) then spent some time circling the property before heading back into PA.
Brinkman – Smith #1
Brinkman – Smith #2
Brinkman – Smith #3
Brinkman – Smith – #4

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 


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.


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!


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.


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


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


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



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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