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Black bear spotted behind Albany home

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Albany police say they responded to an incident last night after a black bear was spotted in a yard on Mount Hope Drive, in the vicinity of South Pearl St. and Interstate 787.

Police were called to the 200 block of Mount Hope Drive, after a resident called around 9 p.m. stating a black bear was seen eating out of a bird feeder.

Police arrived and observed a 175 pound, 2-year-old, male bear wandering through the yards. Police followed the bear and set up a perimeter in the rear of 156 Mount Hope Drive after the bear had climbed about 50 feet up a tree.

The state Environmental Conservation Police responded and was able to get the bear out of the tree safely using a specialized tranquilizer.

The bear was taken to the Environmental Conservation Building in Schenectady where it was evaluated by their medical staff for any injuries.

The bear is currently healthy and is expected to be released into the wild sometime later Wednesday afternoon.

The DEC says they do not know where the bear came from.

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