Bears on the Move!

Bear Trail in Ithaca, NY

Don’t worry! The Bear Trail in the upper section of Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, NY is not noted for common sightings of bears. Instead, over the years, an occasional bear has been seen to wander through this section of the park and the surrounding neighborhoods. You are not likely to encounter a bear in the park! (Note that bears on bicycles are not permitted!)

Young bears are being forced from their mothers’ territories to find their own way; and young adult males, in particular, may find your bird feeder, garbage cans, or compost pile this season. In this episode of Walk in the Park (#78), we look at our American black bear, its bear cousins around the world, and the expansion of bear territories into central New York. See photos and videos of bears in Ithaca and other places including Shenandoah National Park. And if you’re worried about grizzlies in the Canadian Rockies, learn about bear spray!

In 2014, the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation issued a new bear management plan.

Here’s the show, viewable on Ithaca’s public access cable channels 13 and 97.3, and right here!

Walk in the Park is produced by Owl Gorge Productions, publisher of ITHACA: the CITY, GORGES; and COLLEGES, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE; and TUX THE CAT and his EXOTIC EXPLOITS, all available online.