Bear Encounters

Bear Encounters

Reduce Conflicts with Bears

Public Encouraged to Remove Birdfeeders, Feed Pets Indoors

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today reminded New Yorkers to take down bird feeders and secure garbage to avoid potential conflicts with black bears.

Bears are emerging from their dens, and now is the time to take steps to reduce potential conflicts through the spring and summer. Bird feeders, unsecured garbage, and outdoor pet and livestock feed can attract bears and lead to potential conflicts for homeowners. Repeated access to bird feeders and garbage can make bears bolder, seeking additional sources of human-related foods inside vehicles or buildings, particularly when natural foods are scarce.

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Safest Hunting Season on Record

Safest Hunting Season on Record

2021 Is the Safest Hunting Season on Record

Senator Rath Highlights Safest Hunting Season

The DEC recently released data noting that 2021 was the safest hunting season for New Yorkers.  The report also noted that there were no incidents involving the expansion of youth hunting.

“Yet another record-breaking year for Hunting safety. Last season we added the Mentored Youth Big Game Hunting Program and the change in legal hunting hours, this is further evidence that our “First in the Nation” Hunter safety programs excellent training program and individual sportsman’s diligence to safety afield, is a great combination,” said Jeff Jondle, President, Erie County Sportsmen’s Club Inc.

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Coyote Encounters

Coyote Encounters

DEC Issues Guidance to Avoid Coyote Conflicts

New Yorkers Urged to Follow DEC Guidelines to Avoid any Issues

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today issued guidance to help prevent conflicts between people and coyotes to protect the public and their pets.

“This is the time of year when New York’s resident coyotes breed and set up dens for pups that will arrive in the spring,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “While conflicts with people and pets are rare, New Yorkers should remain alert and follow DEC’s common-sense guidelines to minimize the risk for potential conflicts with coyotes.”

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Target Shooting at Tonawanda Swamp Illegal?

Target Shooting at Tonawanda Swamp Illegal?

DEC Announces Closure of All Target Shooting Activity at Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area

Closure Takes Effect Feb. 1

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that beginning Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, target shooting will be prohibited at Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located in DEC’s Regions 8 and 9. The closure will bring the WMA into compliance with recently adopted regulations for WMAs statewide that prohibit target shooting.

DEC adopted statewide regulations following a public comment period last year and is exploring additional options to provide safe and ecologically sound target shooting at alternative locations throughout the state.

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