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Treed bear captivates Schenectady neighborhood

May 11, 2012 5:33:59 AM PDT
The latest black bear to wander into an urban neighborhood in eastern New York has tumbled from a tree in a historic section of Schenectady after being shot with tranquilizer darts.

Local media report the 200-pound animal was spotted in backyards Thursday before climbing to a resting spot on a large limb about 15 feet up in the Stockade neighborhood.

As police watched, state Department of Environmental Conservation officers hit the bear with three darts, the last one sending it scrambling to 30 feet up before it fell.

It was carried in a net to a cage. There was no immediate word on its condition.

Last week, DEC officers tranquilized a bear in a tree in Albany. It was later released in rural Schoharie County.

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