The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is dealing with one or more nuisance black bear in the Village of Speculator.
The best way to avoid a problem is to take your garbage to the transfer station (but do not accumulate it in your vehicle; bears can easily destroy a car or truck to reach garbage).
If trips to the transfer station are not possible, DEC advises taking the following steps to avoid attracting bear to homes.
· NEVER FEED BEARS INTENTIONALLY. Feeding bears intentionally is illegal and can result in a ticket. Bears that obtain food from humans will continue to seek food from humans and become nuisance bears that may have to be euthanized.
· Remove all bird feeders.
· Keep garbage, grills, pet food, and bird seed inside a solid, secure structure (house, shed, garage, etc.).
· If grills cannot be secured, move them away from houses and remove grease traps after each use.
· Put garbage on the curb the morning of collection, not the night before, and use bear-resistant trash containers.
· Close garage doors and ground-floor doors at night.
Anyone who sees a bear is asked to report it immediately to the DEC Ray Brook Dispatch at 518-897-1300.
The Village of Speculator is attempting to address this problem by putting out “bear cans” for garbage. They are expected to arrive in June.
The Adirondacks Speculator Region Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the DEC, Village of Speculator and Town of Lake Pleasant, will host its first “Bear and Wine Festival” Oct. 5 to raise bear awareness and raise money for more animal proof containers for the village.