CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) - The City of Corning has received reports of black bears roaming around some of Corning's neighborhoods.

These sightings were first reported on social media in February and March. In past years, the sightings normally have begun in May.

The Corning Police Department has put out some guidelines written by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. Some of those guidelines include the following...

  • Store garbage and bird seed in secure containers and keeping those containers in a secure place, such as a garage
  • Putting garbage out only on mornings when it is scheduled to be collected
  • Feeding birds from December 1st until April 1st
  • Feed family pets indoors
  • Cleaning barbeque grill after every use

The most important tip according to CPD is never to approach a bear.

"A police officer might not always be able to respond to a bear sighting, but residents should still call the Corning Police Department so that we will have accurate data to share with DEC officials," says Jeff Spaulding, Corning Police Chief. "Most importantly, never approach a bear. Bears are large powerful wild animals that act and react out of instinct."

More information on this topic can be found at the New York DEC website by clicking here.