Amherst Police are advising residents to be alert for a black bear that was spotted in the town yesterday.  Is it one bear?  Or is it more?  There were sightings in the Ransom Oaks area, near Smith and Transit and in the area of the I-990 and Crosspoint.

A town police officer was able to get video of the bear near the 990 and it was posted of the police department's Twitter site.

Police advise anyone who comes across a bear not to approach it, call 9-1-1 and report its location.

They also offer the following advice:

  • Don't panic. Bears are more likely to be afraid of you than you are of them, but don't lose sight of the fact that bears are powerful animals that may defend themselves if they fell 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.

In addition to the Amherst sightings, there were sightings in Clarence and North Tonawanda.