***** Bear Alert *****

***** Bear Alert *****

A female bear with two very small cubs was recently sighted down in the meadow area of Esopus Bend Nature Preserve, eventually heading east to the woodlands of the East Trail. PLEASE BE AWARE OF AND AVOID ANY CONFRONTATION WITH THE BEARS.

Female Black Bears are harmless and will usually move off quickly when approached by people, but problems may arise if someone tries to get too close for photos or feels they need to try to scare off the bear. Under no circumstances should anyone get between the mother bear and her cubs, or pressure the cubs up a tree.

PLEASE KEEP DOGS ON LEASH OR LEAVE THEM HOME