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Update: Bear Down In Albany

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The saga of the so-called "Albany Bear" has come to an end.

Just before 1 Wednesday afternoon, a young black bear that had spent the night in a residential neighborhood tree, fell to the ground after being tranquilized. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation tweeted that "After assessment by wildlife biologists on the scene, it has been decided that for humane and nuisance reasons the bear will be put down." The bruin suffered wounds from being hit by a car Tuesday. DEC says the bear is about 2 yrs old - 125lbs - ear tags revealed the bear traveled all the way to the Capital City from Pennsylvania. The visit marked the third time the bear has encroached on populated areas.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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