Updated 05/16/2012 05:51 PM
Bear in North Greenbush tree tranquilized by DEC
A bear perched in a tree in North Greenbush is finally on the ground. After waiting most of the day for the bear to come down on its own, DEC officials took action Wednesday afternoon. It's the latest in a string of sightings around the Capital Region. Lori Chung has more.
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NORTH GREENBUSH, N.Y. -- After waiting all afternoon, a bear spotted in North Greenbush is finally out of a tree after being tranquilized by the DEC.
The bear had been in the tree since about 9 a.m. Wednesday around Williams Road and Meadow Drive.
Officials believe the young black bear is about three-years-old and may have recently been put out by its mother, fending for himself. The search for food may have led him to the residential neighborhood.
DEC officials said they did not want to tranquilize the bear, but ended up changing their minds since nearby residents were coming home from school and work and with all of the activity, it was likely the bear would not have come down by itself.
"He fell out of the tree. He landed pretty soft. There was a big pile of leaves underneath there. Seems to be doing well. The biologists now put him in the net, taken him back to the trap. There's some tests they do on him, they moisten up his eyes and nostrils, put some ice on him to keep him cool. We'll take him to a secure location, we'll wait ‘till he wakes up, they'll check and make sure he's okay and then we'll take him out to a location in the woods and release him in the woods," said DEC Officer Jim Hays.
Officials believe this bear may have been the same one that was spotted Tuesday in Rensselaer.