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Black bear spotted in Attica this morning, police say

Either the Northtowns' black bear moves faster than we thought, or it's got a friend.

A motorist reported seeing a black bear early Friday in the Village of Attica, according to Attica police.

The driver was traveling on state Route 354, known as West Main Street there, at 4 a.m. when he initially thought he saw a very large dog. As he slowed down, however, he came to believe it was a younger adult bear. He told police he saw the bear near West Main Street and Bunnell Street in the village.

Attica police reminded residents to give bears a wide berth if they encounter one of the animals. Police referred to guidelines from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which urge people to never approach or corner a bear, to never run away from a bear, to never feed a bear and to keep a close eye on all small animals.

Anyone who spots a bear should call the Attica Police Department at 585-591-0881 or the Wyoming County Sheriff Office at 585-786-2255.

This sighting comes one day after a driver reported that he hit a bear with his vehicle on the Lockport Expressway Thursday morning but that the bear didn't appear to be seriously injured, according to Amherst police.

Driver strikes bear on I-990 in Amherst

A bear was seen in the area of Lockport Road near the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Wednesday night. Bear sightings over the past week have happened in Clarence, Amherst, North Tonawanda, Wheatfield and Youngstown.

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