Black bear found lounging in Spring Valley captured for relocation

Posted: Updated:

A 300-pound black bear was captured Tuesday after residents found it lounging around a Spring Valley apartment complex.

The bear was spotted at the Blueberry Hill apartment complex and climbed a tree where it stayed for hours. Police came to secure the scene until the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) arrived. The DEC shot the bear with a tranquilizer gun and residents watched as it fell from the tree into a net. It was placed in a holding container until it can be relocated into a less populated area.

The bear will stay in New Paltz overnight at the DEC division headquarters. The department has not decided where it will take the bear from there. DEC officials say it is mating season for the bears and it apparently wandered into Spring Valley looking for a mate.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."