WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB)- A fully-grown male black bear was spotted in West Seneca Saturday morning, and had to be chased away from people’s homes.
It happened on Clinton Street near Union Road, shortly after 8 a.m.
Tina Weaver told News 4, she opened the shade of her bedroom window to find the furry face staring back at her.
“He stood up and he could get past that gate. That’s how big he was,” Weaver said. “It was a big bear. It was not a cub, it was not a baby. It was a bear. And for about three hours, he went back and forth, went into the shrubs, came back out.”
Police from West Seneca and the DEC responded within minutes. Weaver said they advised she and her neighbors to stay in their houses for the next two to three hours, as the bear stubbornly stayed put in their backyards.
Eventually, neighbors said, police chased the bear through backyards on Orchard Avenue, down Weigand Street and across Clinton Street, into Buffalo Creek.
“The police must have flushed him out from across the street, and they followed with rifles,” said John Kromenberger.
Weaver said the police told her they had received a report of a black bear sighting on French Lea Drive about midnight. It’s possible the bear at her window was the same animal.
“It was quite interesting. Something that we don’t normally have in this area. A bear sighting is very strange,” she said. “We’ve had every other animal, but not bears.”
According to the DEC, food is the number one thing that attracts black bears to residential areas. To lessen the chances of having an unwelcome visitor, people should make sure their trash is enclosed in totes, clean up food residue from grills, empty birdfeeders, and not feed pets or keep stocked refrigerators and freezers outside.
If you encounter a bear you should stay in your home if you are inside. Do not try to approach or run from the bear and call 911.