ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The bear who was caught sleeping in a tree in Washington Park in Albany has been safely removed. The Albany Police Department said the bear was chemically immobilized and removed from the tree using safety nets.
Police issued an advisory Tuesday morning that a bear was seen wandering in the area of State Street and Sprague Place around 5:30 a.m. Residents were asked to use caution if walking in the area and keep dogs on a leash.
Around 9:30 a.m., police closed State Street from Sprague Place to Henry Johnson Boulevard to all pedestrian and vehicle traffic because the bear was in a tree on that block. The New York State Department of Environmental (DEC) Police was also on scene.
Around 1:40 p.m., the bear was safely removed and taken away by DEC police. Albany police said the bear is being medically evaluated and will be taken to the Catskill Mountains.
Here’s the video of the bear being taken away, provided by the Albany Police Department.