POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- A black bear seen wandering throughout the City of Poughkeepsie was tranquilized and removed from the area Friday afternoon.
Police say the bear was first spotted Thursday in the Arlington area near Vassar College. But on Friday, that same bear was wandering around Center and Jefferson streets.
The bear ended up in a tree for a couple hours before it was tranquilized by the DEC.
"The bear is fine. What they will do now, they will tag it. They tag its ear so they can track it. An interesting fact is the bear will sometimes comes back to the same area where he's really not wanted. So they will be able to track that also. He will be released into the wild. Somewhere more appropriate," said Thomas Pape, Captain with the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department.
The DEC says there are steps you can take to keep bear away, like clean grills after use, remove bird feeders and don't leave pet food outside. Any garbage cans should be kept inside a secure area and of course, don't approach a bear.
Raw footage of the bear:
Albany/HV: Black bear found wandering in Poughkeepsie
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