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October 12, 2012

Bear cub remains in City of Plattsburgh

Police say to leave it alone in hopes it will return to wild


“Do not feed it, check your garbage-can lids,” she said. “It’s less temptation for (bears) to come close.”

Of all mammals, she said, bears that have been habituated — taught that people provide food — are the most difficult to discourage. And their size makes them a danger to humans, of course.

And, she added, “if bears become used to people, then the bear’s life is at risk, too.”

Recently, a moose that drew crowds of observers in Jay was shot and killed by authorities because it had serious injuries and also to protect the public.

Police on Thursday said they would not want to see a similar situation arise for Plattsburgh’s bear cub.

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In August 1997, a 250-pound adult black bear turned up on Sanborn Avenue in the City of Plattsburgh.

After frightening early morning paper boy Aaron Waite just by its very existence on the city street, the bear climbed a tree. As crowds watched, wildlife researcher Ray Adkins shot it with tranquilizer darts, and it fell 20 feet to the ground.

It did not appear the animal was injuried, and it turned out Adkins had tagged that very bear a year earlier in Saranac, and that was where it was taken to be released.

"An adult male will have a 50-, 60-, 70-mile home range," Adkins said at the time.


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