Bear sighting in Dutchess County prompts safety advisory

A family in Little Falls spotted a black bear near their home this weekend.
While the National Parks Service notes that bears are most active in spring and summer, they emphasize the importance of always being bear-aware.
In the event of a bear encounter, officials recommend making loud noises to deter the bear, staying calm, and slowly backing away.
To prevent nighttime visits from bears, it's crucial to secure garbage cans to avoid attracting them.