Updated 09/14/2012 10:13 PM
Bear spotted in tree
Police in Saratoga Springs are monitoring a bear in a residential area. The bear was spotted on Friday afternoon in a tree on Frederick Drive, near Saratoga Springs High School.
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- A black bear visited Saratoga overnight and has been sleeping in a tree ever since. The 200 pound bear checked in to 5 Frederick Drive after dark on Thursday evening, selected a branch, and hasn't budged since.
The bear posed no threat to neighbors, and according to the officials who responded, their goal is to encourage the bear to leave in the same way it came: peacefully and quietly.
"What we're trying to do is quiet down the neighborhood. Asking people to keep their dogs inside and go in when it starts to get dark," explained Jeffrey Dempster, NYS Environmental Conservation Officer. "Most likely the bear will come down on its own if it doesn't feel threatened."
If the bear doesn't come down on its own, officials said the department is prepared to tranquilize the bear so it will fall into a net under the tree. After that, it would be transported into the Adirondacks.