New bear warnings for Rockland County residents after sighting n Haverstraw

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017
More bears on the prowl in Rockland County
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HAVERSTRAW, New York (WABC) -- There is a new warning for residents in Rockland County about more bears on the prowl in neighborhoods.

The bears are now being spotted in areas they haven't been seen before.

"When I finish grilling I'm gonna make sure I clean up a little better," said Haverstraw resident Ricky Green.

He is on notice because two nights ago, a bear was spotted in his backyard. In fact the black bear was all over the neighborhood, a first in that section of Haverstraw.

The pictures were taken by Andrew Rafferty, who followed the animal for quite a bit.

"We followed it to a neighbor's yard and we saw it go across the street," said Rafferty. "I find it again, it walked out, looked at me, I looked at it and it just took off across the street."

Bear sightings are fairly common in parts of Rockland County.

Last month a family in Montebello called Ramapo police after a bear made himself at home, eating scraps for 20 minutes.

Monday, Clarkstown police issued an alert on their Facebook page, reminding residents not to leave potential food sources outside.

Back in Haverstraw, Richard Freeman was surprised to see the picture of the visitor in his front yard.

"We've got a lot of deer. Now we're getting bears," he said. "I don't have to go to Bear Mountain to see them. They're coming down here."