Amherst Police Thursday evening made another sighting of a roaming black bear in the eastern area of town, near Millersport Highway and the I-990 off Crosspoint Parkway, the Amherst Police Department reported in a statement and stated on Twitter.
The bear was sighted at about 8 p.m.
"We are hoping he will be going into the woods for the night," the police department tweeted.
Police warned residents who spot the bear to avoid approaching the animal, but call 911 to alert police to the location where it was spotted.
Earlier Thursday, police warned residents about the bear, spotted near Smith and Transit roads. After that, the bear was seen in the area of the Ransom Oaks neighborhood, according to police.
"If you see the bear do not approach, call 911 and report the location," Amherst Police tweeted shortly before noon.
[AMHERST POLICE ALERT] Patrol Officer just took these photos of the bear in the area of I-990 and Crosspoint. We are hoping he will be going into the woods for the night.
Do not approach, call 9-1-1 and report location. pic.twitter.com/q09f8CmxGs
— AMHERST POLICE (@amherstpoliceny) June 22, 2018
Police and animal control officers were in the area looking for the bear, police said.
They referred residents to tips about living with bears. Among the Town of Amherst's tips on what to do if you see a bear:
- Don't panic. Bears are more likely to be afraid of you than you are of them. Know that you have the privilege of seeing a magnificent wild creature close-up, but don't lose sight of the fact that bears are powerful animals that may defend themselves if they feel threatened.
- Never approach, surround or attempt to touch a bear. Always leave a clear escape route for the bear.
- If you feel threatened by a bear, back away slowly, but do not run. If the bear keeps coming back or will not leave, make loud noises – yell, clap, blow car horns or air horns or drum on a nearby object.