The answers to those last two questions are -- yes, no, maybe, it depends.
To learn more about these majestic creatures, you should attend a free Nature Education Program, "Black Bears", Friday, May 30th at 7:00 pm in the Discovery Lodge at Belleayre Mountain.
Bears are a central part of the outdoor experience. This program will educate you how to
- protect your trash bins and birdfeeders from hungry bears fresh from their winter hibernation,
- act and react when confronted by a bear.
- co-exist peacefully with this iconic, furry forest dweller.
The program features Department of Environmental Conservation Biologist Larry Bifaro. The man knows a thing or two about bears -- he is co-leader of the statewide black bear management team. His other duties include general wildlife and wetland work in Greene County.
Who knows the formal, scientific name of the bear? No, not Yogi Bear or Winnie the Pooh bear or Teddy bear. A pot of honey to anybody who could name Ursus Americanus.
Bears don't just visit the Hudson Valley -- they live here!