“Bird Feeder Bandit” caught on camera

— The couple live along Route 9, and said none of their neighbers have had the same run-in with bears.

Nancy said a few years ago she had found bear paw prints near her garden.

“I saw the paw prints by our fence but it didn’t even step on the flowers,” said Nancy.

Nancy said she called the Department of Environmental Conservation and left a message that a bear had been near her house.

“It’s just a nuisance, maybe they just come at night but I worried if little kids were around when the bear comes,” said Nancy. “We asked a friend if there was a ‘slush fund’ at the DEC for replacing bird feeders and of course they said no.”

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