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Albany "Bear Watch"

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

A bear up a tree in Albany has kept officials up all night -  

State Department of Environmental Conservation, City Police and local residents have been watching a young black bear who is high up in a backyard tree in a neighborhood off Whitehall Road. It's theorized the bruin made its way from Southern Albany County into the city by crossing the New York State thruway. After several spottings the bear was shot at least once then found refuge in the tree .

A local TV station reported Assemblywoman Pat Fahy is among those calling for the bear to be spared: this being his third allowable visit to civilization, safety protocol requires he be put down.

College officials say a bear on the SUNY New Paltz campus Tuesday night was safely removed by the DEC, without incident.

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas
Where's the bear? HINT: open spot in tree branches near center of image.

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