“(The bear) ran by the windows and door that leads outside to Rugar Street,” she said. “We thought it was a dog, at first.”
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Students and teacher, too, went outside to get a closer look at the unexpected distraction.
“It was adorable,” Tyree said.
Not far away at Plattsburgh High School, Principal Glenn Herlock glanced out the window in the main office and spotted the bear running by at about 10:15 a.m.
The cub, he said, was 3 or 4 feet from the building and moving parallel to George Angell Drive toward the Saranac River.
“It just ran right down (along) the side of the building,” he said.
Herlock declared a lock-in at the High School, asking students, faculty and staff not to leave the building without permission from the main office and an escort.
Parents were also notified of the situation via email.
Sally Girard, director of SUNY Plattsburgh Child Care in Sibley Hall, said police told her the children shouldn’t go outside to play.
And she said University Police had cars patrolling the area.
An alert sent out campus-wide said the bear was also seen by a resident student near the high-rise residence halls on Rugar Street.
“The bear wandered over to the area around the service buildings (on Sanborn Extension), where it climbed a fence and headed into the neighborhood just west of campus,” Director of Public Relations and Publications Michelle Ouellette said in the message.
The email alert, sent out to all students, faculties and staff, also warned anyone who came across the cub to “remember it is a wild animal and should be treated as such.”
For awhile, it was thought the cub was just passing through.