GLOVERSVILLE - Police blocked off East Ninth Avenue for several hours on Sunday afternoon after a black bear crawled up a tree and wouldn't come down.
Sgt. Marc Porter said the city Police Department received a call around noon that someone saw a bear on West Eighth Avenue. Police responded, and the bear climbed a fence and into a tree at the 10 E. Ninth Ave. office of Dr. Dilip Thakker, where it stayed.
Porter said they called the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for assistance. As of 7 p.m. Sunday, officers from several agencies still were waiting for the bear to climb down.
Officers from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and other agencies gather in the backyard of a property where a black bear climbed up a tree Sunday afternoon. (The Leader-Herald/Arthur Cleveland)
A black bear is partially hidden among the leaves of a tree where it took refuge Sunday in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)
Porter said tranquilizing the bear was an option, but officers were still discussing how to handle the situation.
Porter said he was unsure how old the bear was, but he said some officers believed the bear to be 150 to 200 lbs. and around two years old.
Earlier this summer, the DEC reported bears have been wandering into residential areas more often due to the dry weather that limited the animals' natural food supply.
"This has been an interesting year for bears, especially in the Catskills," Jeremy Hurst, a DEC biologist, told the Associated Press in August. "In multiple communities, bears have gotten into people's homes, in some cases even when people were at home. Half a dozen to a dozen bears have been euthanized. More have been trapped and relocated."
In July, serious bear issues such as home and vehicle break-ins were three times more frequent than in 2011.