The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will give a presentation on black bears and how to avoid nuisance bear encounters on Wednesday, April 3, at 6 p.m. at the Frederick Carder Elementary School, 289 State St., Corning. The presentation is free and open to the public.
The discussion will include information about black bear ecology and behavior, as well as steps residents can take to avoid conflicts with bears.
Black bears have increased in number and range across all of southern New York State, including the Southern Tier over the past 35 years. This has led to an increase in the number of bear conflicts in the area. For information about reducing human-bear conflicts, visit DEC's website.