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Message from Sheriff Timothy B. Howard

A Message from Sheriff Tim Howard

June 6, 2014

Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports a vehicle accident involving a bear and issues an advisory to motorists involved in wildlife accidents - especially bears.

Sheriff Howard details, “In the past week my Deputies responded to a call involving a motorist striking a bear.  This incident along with the bear sights in Alden, Lancaster and West Seneca indicate a growing bear population and an increased chance of some kind of interaction and I want everyone to remain safe.”

“Any accident involving wildlife such as deer and bear is a serious event,” warns Sheriff Howard, “and I want our motorist to know what to do when involved in these types of accidents – particularly with bears.”

The Erie County Sheriffs Traffic Bureau Guidelines: 

  1. Check yourself and your passengers for any injuries. 
  2. Call 911 
  3. Stay in the vehicle unless there is a fire. 
  4. Do not approach the animal for any reason. 
  5. Wait for law enforcement to arrive to check the condition of the animal. 

Sheriff Howard urges, “I want our motoring public to follow these simple guidelines when involved in a vehicle accident with our wildlife and to remember that these are wild animals that are not accustom to human contact or proximity.  Its first reaction is to defend itself especially when injured.”