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Bear cub keeps kids in Mayfield school

October 10, 2012
The Leader Herald

MAYFIELD - Mayfield Elementary School officials had to keep all students indoors briefly Tuesday after a teacher noticed a bear cub on the perimeter of the school grounds.

The 25-pound cub wasn't the entire problem. What also concerned school officials was not knowing the location of the cub's mother, according to information posted on the school district's website.

School officials said they kept the students inside the school and watched the cub run around for 10 minutes before it headed toward Route 30.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation workers were called in, checked the area thoroughly and said it was safe. They also left school officials with a short list of precautionary measures.

Elementary School Principal Nick Criscone said this morning a bear was shot yesterday at a nearby farm. It is unknown if the bear was the cub's mother.

The school has bird feeders and leftover tomatoes in its garden that will be removed to try to keep bears away, he said.

According to the website, Criscone advised parents to speak with their children about the dangers of getting too close to bear cubs.

People who have questions about the incident can call Criscone at 661-8251.



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