For the last couple of years, there have been a higher population of black bears in the Catskills. I think that they extended the hunting season to reduce the population a bit.
I find that they don't want an encounter with you anymore then you do. If you slowly back away, they are more then happy. Important to keep cooked food away from your sleep spot. I usually cook about 150' away from my camp site or leanto.
Great first encounter!