Black Bear Sightings Are Now Common In West Nyack And Nyack

Dated: June 1 2017

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Great pictures of a black bear taken on Strawtown Road in West Nyack along Lake Deforest were all over Facebook last week. Today there are wonderful pictures a young bear roaming the neighborhoods of Nyack. This is the town I grew up in. If I told my teachers and fellow students I spotted a black bear on the way to school in the 1960’s, eyes would have rolled and ridicule followed.  The population of Rockland wildlife has changed dramatically in the past 40 years, mostly for the positive.

In 1979 there were 259,000 people living in Rockland, today that number has increased to 296,000. It would seem that this increase would have been to the detriment of wildlife populations. The opposite effect has been seen throughout Rockland with many species flourishing to the point of overpopulation.

Canada geese have become a real problem, fouling waterways, parks and golf courses. White tailed deer destroy landscape, carry Lyme disease, and are a significant driving hazard on the road. The number of Wild turkeys has exploded and results in some aggressive encounters. Coyotes and black bears continue to expand their territory. Both are dangerous animals with coyote attacks having occurred last year in Westchester County.

Many people think this “sudden” influx of wildlife sightings is because we have squeezed them out of their environment. Nothing could be further from the truth. What has happened is suburban sprawl has created the perfect habitat of woods for cover and open space for food. Build it and they shall come!!Image title

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Paul Bambara

My love of the real estate business began when I first started investing in residential and commercial properties in 1982. I found that my life-long residency of Rockland County, my eight years on the....

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