CASSADAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A close encounter with a bear left one local woman slightly startled.
An audible yelp escaped from the mouth of the local after she caught on camera a bear sprinting down the road before it takes a detour through her yard, close to the porch on which she was filming the animal.
Jeanne MacKrell filmed the animal on a cell phone on Sunday evening before retreating inside.
Officials with the Department of Environmental Conservation frequently have run-ins with bears, and offered insight into the video.
“They are a wild animal; they are not meant to be approached,” Timothy Spierto, a senior wildlife biologist for the State Department of Environmental Conservation, said. “They are powerful and they are very fast. Enjoy the fact that we get to have bears in western New York, here in the wild.”
Spierto also offered suggestions for why the bear may be coming so close to human contact.
“They are going to find that in the form of birdseed, pet food, garbage, returnable containers, barbeque grills, all that stuff,” he said.
Officials say if a bear comes close to your home, they can be kept at bay by making a lot of noise, but residents should call local police for additional assistance.