Recent continued bear sightings in the Southern Tier are prompting Endicott Police to caution residents to guard against encounters.  That includes proper storage of garbage and the removal of bird feeders when bears tend to be more active.

Endicott Police say they've learned from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that bears are attracted by smells like pet food, soap, toothpaste and even dirty diapers.

Police say if you see a bear, never approach, surround or attempt to touch the bruin.  Always leave a clear escape path for the animal so it doesn't feel trapped and on the defense.  You should slowly back away. Do NOT run.  If a bear keeps returning or won't leave, make loud noises like clapping, yelling, blow car horns or even pound on nearby objects.

Bear sightings should be reported to the authorities.