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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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Smokey Bear Celebrates 75th Birthday in Long Lake!

The Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department partners with the NYS DEC Forest Rangers in the region to coordinate efforts to celebrate Smokey Bears 75th Birthday in and around Long Lake on Friday, August 9th!  Considering his age, Smokey stays in good shape by working out, shoveling and educating the public about Forest Fire Prevention.  Smokey Bear says he is able to maintain his youthful appearance from the positive energy he garners from working with children and good folks all over the country.

Look for Smokey Bear to stop by area businesses on Friday, August 9th, 2019 after 2 p.m.  In Long Lake Smokey Bear will be handing out trinkets and birthday knick-knacks to children and help spread the word about Forest Fire prevention.  Stops slated include The Park Long Lake, The Long Lake Town Beach, the ADK Trading Post, Lake Eaton Campground and then finishing up in Blue Mountain at Durant Lake Campground.  

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that DEC is participating in events across the state this month to celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th anniversary. DEC is teaming up with the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters, and the Ad Council to celebrate 75 years since the 1944 launch of the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign, the longest-running public service advertising campaign in U.S. history.

Smokey Bear has successfully educated generations of Americans about how we can all help prevent wildfires,” Commissioner Seggos said. “We invite all New Yorkers to join us and celebrate this national icon at events across New York State this summer. Smokey’s words are still an urgent and relevant reminder for all of us to follow – Only YOU can prevent wildfires.'”

Smokey Bear was “born” on August 9, 1944, when the Forest Service and the Ad Council agreed on using a fictional bear to serve as the symbol for their joint effort to promote forest fire prevention during World War II. Roughly nine out of 10 forest fires are caused by humans. Wildfires can be deadly and destructive, and the national annual cost of their consequences can range anywhere from $71.1 to $347.8 billion, according to recent study by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Last year’s Camp Fire in northern California destroyed the city of Paradise and killed more than 80 people, making it the nation’s deadliest wildfire in more than a century.

New York State has 18.5 million acres of public and private forest lands susceptible to seasonal wildfires, and DEC’s Forest Rangers are the state’s lead division tasked with forest fire mitigation and the control and prevention of wildfires. In 2018, DEC Forest Rangers extinguished 105 wildfires that burned a total of 845 acres. For more information about the Forest Rangers, go to DEC’s website.


Fun Facts You Didn’t know About Smokey Bear.

The “the” was added to his name to match a song’s rhythm.

Though his name is technically Smokey Bear, many grew up calling him Smokey the Bear. There was good reason, namely the popular song “Smokey The Bear.” The tune was written in 1952 by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins. The musicians added a “the” to his name to fit with the song’s rhythm. This minor change has caused confusion ever since.

On a July morning in 1922, a case of magnesium powder exploded in a warehouse in New York’s Greenwich Village. The resulting fire was devasting, legendary. The conflagration claimed the life of a heroic firefighter named “Smokey” Joe Martin.

Two decades later, on August 9, 1944, the first Smokey Bear poster appeared. The bear was named in honor of “Smokey” Joe, and his first piece of public service artwork depicted the animal in his iconic hat, dousing a fire with a bucket of water.

This week marks the 75th birthday of Smokey Bear. Over the years, Smokey has grown into an American icon. He’s an educational star of commercials, cartoons, toys, posters and more. Let’s dig into the life of this honorable bear. And remember… “Only you can prevent forest fires.”

Schedule Subject to change without notice due to weather and or need for search and rescue operations.  There is no “set” schedule.  Just keep your eyes peeled for the NYS DEC Ranger Truck! 

Snowmobile Trail Update on RL Canoe Carry

Snowmobile Riders traveling between Raquette Lake and Forked Lake to Long Lake are being asked to use the existing designated snowmobile trail connection marked with red markers and directional signs to exit Raquette Lake to North Point Road. The canoe carry south of North Point Road is closed to snowmobiles.

Please see the map and photos so you know what you will be looking for. Thank you to Hamilton County Highway for cutting back the banks along North Point Road. Sleds can then access the canoe carry from North Point Road to connect to Forked Lake.

Raquette Lake to Forked Lake Snowmobile Connection

Raquette Lake to Forked Lake Snowmobile Connection

Wooded trail connecting Raquette Lake to North Point Road.

Wooded trail connecting Raquette Lake to North Point Road.

Sign directing sledsfrom  Raquette Lake to Forked Lake Connector

Sign directing sledsfrom Raquette Lake to Forked Lake Connector

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