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Bears are Active in the Adirondacks Long Lake

If you have a bear conflict and need immediate attention
In Long Lake NYS Forest Ranger Melissa Milano 518-312-3982
Or call ECO Jared Newell (518) 257-9690

Bear encounters that include any break ins or property damage should be reported to Ray Brook NYS DEC Region 5 by calling NYS DEC Region 5 Dispatch to report 518-897-1326 and press 5.

Bears have been very active in Long Lake, NY and in our surrounding Adirondack communities.

To minimize the risk of a bear encounter the NYSDEC recommends taking your garbage to the dump daily.

Do not store garbage in cans outside of your homes.
Remove Bird Feeders
Secure Garbage to Prevent Human-Bear Conflicts.
Clean all outdoor grills, do not leave any residue behind
Do not store or leave pet food outdoors
Bears are opportunistic feeders and will remember where they find easy food, then return to that location frequently
Intentionally feeding black bears is illegal.
Anything with an odor can attract a bear.
Mask garbage odors with ammonia soaked rags
Remove grease cans and filters after each use
Do not operate fridges outside or on outdoor porches -bears can smell what is inside

While camping:
Keep your campsite as clean as possible
Do not leave coolers or food out at any time.
Do not keep food or scented items in your tent
Treat toiletries as food items.
Clean up after meals immediately.
Keep pans/pots/utensils clean when not in use
Do not put grease, diapers, cans bottles or other refuse into a campfire

In Backcountry
Use Bear Resistant Canisters – Hoss’s has some available to rent or purchase
Pack and eat a minimal amount of food
Cook and eat before dark
Cook away from your campsite
Be neat and clean while cooking, avoid spills
Avoid leftovers
Never leave food unattended

If you have a human/bear conflict
Some situations call for DEC Wildlife staff to go afield to assess or resolve the problem. These situations include bears causing serious property damage, entering homes or buildings.

If you have a bear conflict and need immediate attention
In Long Lake NYS Forest Ranger Melissa Milano 518-312-3982
Or call ECO Jared Newell (518) 257-9690

Bear encounters that include any break ins or property damage should be reported to Ray Brook NYS DEC Region 5 by calling NYS DEC Region 5 Dispatch to report 518-897-1326 and press 5.

To immediately deter a bear that may be approaching your home

Add noise from a radio, a barking dog or lights and noise activated by a motion detector such as a Critter Gitter may assist in deterring bears. 

Bears are often attracted to the proximity of homes by the odors and availability of foods, garbage, compost, bird feeders, pet food, gardens or barbecue grills. Once accustomed to being near homes, some bears are attracted into the homes by the same odors.

Black bears are extremely adept climbers and readily seek refuge in a tree. Whether frightened by humans, dogs, noise or any other unnatural activity, treeing is a normal escape/danger reflex, especially for younger bears. Bears do not get stuck in trees, and can (and will) come down when they determine that the danger or threat no longer exists. The presence of curiosity seekers is perceived as a threat to the bear, and accordingly, the bear will remain in the tree until such time as they believe that the threat has passed.

Normally shy and secretive, black bears will often go to great measures to avoid contact with humans. However, there are instances where bears do not or cannot avoid coming into proximity with humans.

Whenever it is possible, remove any food attractions, followed by a thorough sanitizing of the area with ammonia or other disinfectant. The landowner should be prepared to follow up with indirect negative conditioning (noise devices of duration such as hand held air horns, banging pots together or electronic motion detectors with audible noise making attachments).

One of the most common bear-related problems is that of a bear getting into garbage at a family residence. This is one of the most common problems because every family residence has waste food in various amounts and types, nearly all of which are very attractive to bears in the area. People normally store garbage in garbage bags and/or garbage cans, but this alone is not adequate to prevent problems with bears.

Always recommend double-bagging garbage and placing in a clean garbage can with an air freshener or an ammonia-soaked rag. Remember, garbage cans by themselves are not secure enough to deter a bear. Suggest storing garbage cans inside a building away from windows and doors. A screen porch is not adequate.

Frequently remove garbage from the premise. Advise the homeowner to take all garbage to the normal final disposal area as frequently as possible, especially during warm weather. Bears are most likely to seek garbage from April through November.

Bears quickly learn to look for garbage in any plastic bag or garbage can.


When dealing with portable gas or charcoal grills, the attraction is easily reduced by cleaning and relocating the grill to a secure location.

If a bear approaches or is observed in the area of a barbeque grill when people are present they should make noise from a safe distance to scare the bear away. There are usually pots, pans, metal cooking utensils and a variety of other devices present to make loud noises of duration.

Sometimes bears merely mark wooden structures by scratching, biting and rubbing against the building. A mixture of ground cayenne pepper and egg whites painted onto the surface or hot pepper wax insect repellent sprayed onto the surface has been known to stop marking by bears.

Sometimes a bear will break into a structure that contains no attractant and no attracting odors. If this is actually the case, the bear probably has an extensive history of finding food in similar structures. Such bears seldom return to structures where they obtained no food, but will continue to explore other structures. This is a community problem.


Information collected from, “NEW YORK STATE BLACK BEAR RESPONSE MANUAL” Third Edition, Produced March 2000. Access 7/12/2022

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All About Bears in Long Lake, NY Adirondacks

FROM THE ARCHIVES: This post on bears was originally published on May 10, 2013.

All About Bears was a presentation given by Ben Tabor a wildlife biologist from the NYS DEC and KC Kelly a DEC Environmental Conservation Officer. This following information was from his talk at the Long Lake Community Connections evening held on May 9, 2013.

Bears are charismatic mega-fauna. Black bears as a rule are timid, shy and scared and not aggressive (FYI not the same for Black Bears in Canada). Black bears will mark their territory by biting trees, putting their scent on their territory and let other bears know.. “Hey bears, I’m in town, back away from my soft mass.” (code words for berries)

Bears are omnivores and tend to eat vegetarian, but they will eat meat. They are not big hunters, but don’t rule them out when it comes to finding prey, depends on the year and availability of food. Bears will eat berries, acorns, nuts, apples, succulent grasses, dandelions, skunk cabbage, jack in the pulpit, buds of hardwood trees and insects.

Generally bears are not social, but May and June are their breeding season and males and females can be seen together. Bears have delayed implantation so they will be fertilized in the spring, but will not implant the eggs until November. Bears breed every two years. Bears chemically decide how many cubs they have; it’s a combination of hormones, and body fat that makes that determination. All bears give birth on January 20th or 21st. Typical for Adirondack bears are broods of 2-3 cubs but Momma’s can produce from one to five bears and they can even have albinos (not to be mistaken for Polar Bears)

By August 1st the bears are weaned and ready to go off on their own. Sometimes a mom will let them den up with her for one more year, but come spring she sends them on their way. Bears are not adults until they are four years old. Most of the reports to the DEC involve younger bears that tend to get into trouble, whether they are climbing inside dumpsters or approaching someone’s home. If a bear doesn’t get into trouble with the DEC by age three they probably never will. Adult male bears are about 300 pounds and an adult Momma bear about 150 pounds.

Currently New York State boasts about 10,000 bears statewide. There is an effort to sustain the population, and the DEC monitors and develops hunting regulations and makes opportunities available to hunt bear based on the numbers, population and ability to sustain on natural food. The goal is to maintain the bear population for future generations, but to also ensure that the bears don’t become a nuisance to the general population. Bear hunting is a regulated harvest and it’s challenging to find a bear, much less haul it out of the woods, but benefits of bear include their meat which is a good source of protein, hide, fat (when rendered makes a heck of a pie) and the gall used for medicinal purposes. If you hunt bear, cook the meat to an internal temp of 137 degrees because they do carry trichinosis.

Safety tips
Don’t feed bears. A fed bear is a dead bear because once a bear finds a food source; they won’t back away until they’ve exhausted the food source. Bears will eat bird feeders; remove the feeders from April until November. Don’t be surprised if someone knocks on your door if they see bird feeders out and full during the off season.

What do you do if you see a bear? If you see a bear in a tree, don’t call to report it. Leave it alone, it got up the tree, it will come down, but you have to leave it alone. The bear is in the tree for safety.

The best thing to do be pre-emptive before anything escalates. Call Ray Brook DEC Wildlife 518 -897-1291 or 518-897-1326 to report bear disturbances. If you notice a bear peaking in your windows, or seems to be holding court on your property, eyeballing your activities that is not normal. Call the DEC. If you see a bear cross the road, let it be, but if there is a bear on or near your property that seems to be assessing and studying your property, call the DEC and report it.

The DEC keeps track of bears, their habitation, their habituation, and their environment. Whatever you do, don’t feed the bears. It’s against the law to feed bears. You will get ticketed and fined if you are caught feeding the bears. Don’t do it. You are putting your neighbors and the bear’s life at risk. Don’t make soup and leave it under your porch, don’t leave dog food or cat food outside. Use bear proof containers, or electric fences for large dumpsters.

Out west bear proof dumpsters are the norm and all over the place. In the East, the dumpster companies don’t provide bear proof dumpsters because there is no demand. Customers should be demanding Bear Proof Dumpsters because they are very effective, but consumers have to insist on the product for it to be made available on the east coast.

Already this year, 2013, it is extremely dry and the DEC has already had numerous reports of bear problems. Bears are attracted to residential garbage, dumpsters. Food hangs don’t work, don’t feed the dogs and cats outside, the bears will find their food.

No hand feeding or that bear will be in your house demanding food. He’ll break in, and he’ll wreck your house and he may even go to the bathroom in your home. The DEC will euthanize every single one of the hand fed bears. Don’t habituate bears because there is no rehabilitating bears once they are used to human contact.

Last summer the notorious Little Bear died among great controversy in Long Lake. Unfortunately a property owner who simply didn’t know that feeding would result in the bear’s death was feeding Little Bear. The bear feeding was happening because the bear was young, needy and hungry and the human felt bad for the bear. It was an honest mistake that can be corrected by education. The bear had become used to humans. After multiple sightings, the final straw occurred after the bear grabbed an ice cream cone out of a child’s hand at Stewarts. Bears are wild animals. They may be cute, and they may not hunt humans, but bears can and will swat at people if provoked and if they aren’t afraid because they’ve been used to human contact and human food.

Habituated bears will wander near roads and get hit by cars. Folks in the Adirondacks live in bear country so be respectful of the bears and be responsible. They couldn’t stress enough the importance of not leaving food out for the bears. A few years ago, in Old Forge, vehicles killed 19 bears. During hunting season only four bears were taken. Why did cars kill the bears? Because bears had found human food resources and they were living in and near the community and wandering around after dark and no one can see them at night because their fur absorbs all of the light.

How do you stop a bear from become too friendly or curious?
Remove the attraction, make noise, and use bear resistant cans when you hike or at home. The ways of the past has changed. Bears adapt and learn. Rubber buckshot at one time was commonly used to ward off and scare off bears. These days, rubber buckshot doesn’t work . The bears aren’t even scared of it. If they are hungry, they continue to eat their food. The DEC doesn’t move bears anymore because the bears will return and will travel great distances to get home. One bear that was moved out of a populated area was moved 80 miles from its home. It took several weeks, but due to tagging he was traced and returned back to his habitat after traveling 120 miles in the woods.

If you see a bear and it’s a menace call 897-1291 or 897-1326 and report it. Ben or KC will come out and address your bear issues. KC Kelly is the only DEC Encon officer in Northern Hamilton County so he has a lot of ground to cover, but he will respond. He also asked; if you have a neighbor, or see someone attracting bears to your neighborhood, anything unnatural, to call and report it. He just needs the address, not the name, so it takes a community to keep the bears safe.

Humans and bears should ignore each other. Long live the bears.

Article originally written and published by Alexandra Roalsvig May 10, 2013

Long Lake/Raquette Lake Fall Foliage Update 10/7/2020

Fall Foliage has seen almost a complete change and past peak, but we still continue to boast foliage on many of the trees. We still have reds, oranges and yellows. While past peak, much color still holds on.  So there’s still plenty to see and do while visiting our region.

Upcoming events on Saturday, October 10th include the Open-Air Fall Market 10am at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area in the lower Parking lot.  GPS 43.96711, -74.42151 or use 6 Pavilion Way, Long Lake, NY, 12847

Vendors boasting handcrafted items, many by local artisans including;  
Chipman Woodworks, Adirondack Impressions, Adirondack Blue Company, A Teaspoon of Silver, Sawyer Creek Farm, Nottingham Hollow Trading Co., Lucky Dog Twigworx, Hearts Uplifted.

Amazing handcrafted wooden bowls and hand-turned wood products, signs, jewelry, cutting boards, textiles, original art and paintings, incredible hand crafted gifts, clothing and more. No admission fee charged.  

Please note: All Covid-19 Best Practices in place. Wear masks, hand sanitzer provided. No crowding at booths, please stay 6 feet apart from others. Thank you for your cooperation!  

Local businesses are open and looking forward to seeing everyone.

Hiking is a popular past-time in our area.  Check out our hiking pages for trip planning ideas out the back door. For a quick and easy hike, visit the Long Lake Nature Trail, starting at 1167 Main Street- the municpal parking lot.  The Raquette River Corridor and our nature trail interpretive signage are on display and inform visitors about our region and the natural region.  Connecting to the Adirondack Hotel and the Long Lake Town Beach. 



Community Unity Bear Project 2020

In 2020 during the historic Covid-19 Pandemic, as everyone was stuck inside trying to make the most out of an extraordinary situation, the Long Lake Parks and Rec Department launched a community-wide event to build community spirit. Parks & Rec launched the concept which had been introduced to the community in 2015 to Decorate, the Momma Bear from the iconic Long Lake logo. Here is a compilation of the bears. Thanks to all the participants for sharing their bears

OctoBEAR-Fest Cancer Benefit at Hoss’s on October 1st!

Hoss’s Country Corner announces the Second Annual OctoBEARfest at 1142 Main Street, Long Lake, NY, Saturday October 1st, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This benefit festival will be raising funds for Randy’s Patient Assistance Fund through the C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital. This fund helps cancer patients with out-of-pocket expenses including gas cards, co-pays, lodging assistance, pre-paid cell phone minutes and prescription co-payments. Randy’s Patient Assistance Fund was set-up in memory of Randall Favreau who was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011.


Vendors will be on site selling hand-crafted wares, jewelry, original art, Adirondackania, ice cream, wine and more. Interested parties willing to donate silent auction items are asked to mail items to Hoss’s Country Corner, c/o Octo-BEAR-Fest, PO Box 247, Long Lake, NY 12847. Interested vendors are charged a $25 fee to directly benefit Randy’s Patient Assistance Fund. Vendors are invited to contact Steph Hample for information about space at or by calling 518-624-3077.


The festival atmosphere will offer plenty for the kids including activities, games and an up close view of a Long Lake Fire Truck. Slated to be on site include a beer tasting garden featuring local brews from High Peaks Brewery and local food vendors including the Fat River Foods Truck featuring sausage and peppers, steak sandwiches, quesadillas and more .

Solo artists and groups will perform throughout the day. Musicians include Bob Gibson performing Irish Folk Songs, country and more, Babbie LeBlanc of Reflections, Buffalo Icon, Yod Crewsy of the Splat Cats, Jacklords and Dark Marbles, Phil Mosher playing classic rock hits, the Adirondack Gypsies, a minstrel group from Newcomb, NY and Alex Smith, currently on tour promoting his new album, Close to Home and The Jones Boys from Tupper Lake, NY.

Event happens rain or shine.

Fun things to do for the event: Dress in your traditional Oktoberfest Garb and enjoy the beer and wine garden! It’s for a good cause!


Vendors are invited to RSVP to Steph Hample at 518-624-3077 or to Jules at or 800-952-4677.

Mama Bear & Her Three Babies

BearsLong Lake, NY has four residents that have been visiting various neighborhoods in late August and September. Mama and her four babies have been spotted on Tarbell Hill Road in the trees at the Lustberg House, on Route 28N behind Mike & Patty Farrells home, over on South Hill Rd and in downtown Long Lake near Hoss’s. Lot’s of reports and spottings come in. Descriptions of Mama mostly mention her communication with interlopers, it generally sounds like a scratchy barking noise.

I invited a friend up to Long Lake, he works at the Intrepid Museum in NYC and he had the distinct honor of an introduction to the animals up in a tree. One of the cubs held still with his soft brown face perched over the evergreens. Mama Bear merely a silhouette in the tree, but her crackly bark intimidated him to back up carefully to the car. He was a bit nervous when I insisted we climb the Pinnacle, a beautiful vista at the top of the hill that the bears had obviously been marching around for several weeks. Didn’t see any bear scat on our journey and I told him to make a lot of noise and make himself look bigger than the bear if we stumbled upon them. The main thing, not to get between Mama and her babies. Word in the mountains has it that bears are much more agressive than they used to be, so it is best to use caution.

I recommend a visit to the Dacks before hibernation season, you never know when you may stumble upon wildlife. Like deer in the backyard, a heron on the pond and of course Mama and her three babies paying homage at the cemetery.