DEC: Keep eye out for bear dens

A bear cub is stuck in a tree in Lake Placid in 2014. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the public to keep an eye out for possible black bear dens while out in the woods this winter.

“As part of DEC’s ongoing black bear monitoring, wildlife biologists periodically check on black bears during the winter den season,” the department wrote in a press release. “The bears may be fitted with radio collars to help biologists track the bears’ activities throughout the year and to locate their dens in subsequent years for monitoring cub production, condition, and survival.

The DEC says no one should disturb or approach possible den sites, but should instead contact their local DEC wildlife office to provide location information, including GPS coordinates if possible.