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Bear sightings continue

Greece, N.Y. -- A bear is on the move, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation after receiving reports of multiple bear sightings in Greece, Chili, Hilton and Rush.

One of the most recent sightings occurred on Saturday in Greece behind a home on Peck Road.

"We were just having dinner and facing the backyard, and my husband said, 'I don't believe it, there's a bear in our backyard,'" said homeowner Joan Korb. "He appeared from behind the shed and just casually strolled through the grass, meandered by the side of the house and he was gone as quickly as he came."

According to the DEC, there are now between 6,000 and 8,000 bears in New York state, and the population seems to be growing.

That growing population and public input has prompted the DEC to revamp its bear management plan.

Parts of that plan involve expanding bear hunting, while increasing public awareness and education about bears.

As for the bear likely responsible for the recent bear sightings, DEC officials told 13WHAM they are hoping the bear makes its way to a more hospitable and natural area.

The details for the revamped bear management plan are still being worked out, and will likely be finalized after July.

 
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