More black bear sightings: Bristol resident spots a large bear cub on his deck earlier this week and tapes the encounter.
A Bristol-area businessman reached out to our news partner, News10NBC with a video that we had to share with you.
Don Bombace built his business in Farmington, NY, he wanted a place to plant his own piece of paradise.
In 1987, his paradise came in the form of his own log cabin in the woods. And Bristol was the perfect spot to build.
"I found five acres, and built the home. Loved it so much here that as properties started to go for sale south of me, I gradually grabbed each one," said Don.
Now, he has 30 acres of unblemished woodlands - save a trail or two through which he strolls to admire the wildlife.
"The wildlife sticks to itself until it wants to try to get into your home. We've got snakes and gophers and woodpeckers that love log homes," Don said laughing.
Don has always peacefully shared this place and space with his winged, scaled, and reptilian neighbors.
"The peacefulness of Bristol is second to none!" he said.
But on Tuesday, Don's peaceful morning was interrupted.
"I was drinking a cup of coffee. Watching WHEC news. And I had just glanced out the back door 'cause I could see the back patio door from where I sat. I saw something black," said Don.
He spotted it immediately - a black bear, not fully grown but big enough, probably 250 pounds.
"It's standing right there, practically looking inside the window!" said Don.
Don was now face-to-face with a big black bear cub. In 30 years, in his woodland paradise, Don had never seen a bear until now.
And this was no ordinary encounter.
The bear was three feet from the house and peering in the window.
Then, the bear heard Don's movements as he captured the video. That's when he finally scampered away.
"It was the thrill of my life, and if I see another one then I guess I'm blessed to see what I came out here for, and that's Mother Nature at its best," said Don grinning.
Don has lived in the woods of Bristol for 30 years and is very careful to lock away any sources of food.
While the New York Department of Conservation says black bears are rare in New York, many News10NBC viewers have reported sightings this summer.
The DEC reminds New Yorkers to never approach a bear or try to feed a bear.
For more information on black bear in New York State, visit the DEC's information page.