A black bear was spotted near the main entrance of Oswego State University.

Campus police are asking students to "keep your distance and follow the advice of the New York State Environmental Conservation Police."

Here are some tips from the DEC

• Never approach, surround or corner a bear: Bears aggressively defend themselves when they feel threatened. Be especially cautious around cubs as mother bears are very protective.
• Never run from a bear: stay calm, speak in a loud and calm voice, slowly back away and leave the area.
• Use noise to scare away bears from your yard if you live off campus: yell, clap or bang pots immediately upon sighting a bear near your home.
• Do not throw your backpack or a food bag at an approaching bear: Doing so will only encourage bears to approach and "bully" people to get food.

Remember feeding Black Bears is prohibited in New York.


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