SCHENECTADY – Personnel from the state Department of Environmental Conservation lent a hand to city police in monitoring a bear that was sighted in the Woodlawn neighborhood for about two hours before it went into a wooded area of the Woodlawn Nature Preserve on its own.
“The hopes are that it makes its way back to where it came from,” police Lt. Ryan Macherone said.
The bear was first seen by neighbors at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. It went into the preserve at about 9:20.
No action needed to be taken. The bear stayed in the Woodlawn neighborhood the entire time. It never went onto streets, nor did it pose a threat to anyone, Macherone said.
It was spotted on Colonial Avenue, Gebhardt Street, Bradford Road, Manchester Road, and Woodlawn Avenue, among other streets, Macherone said.
Officers observed the bear in a driveway and published a video on the department’s Facebook page. captioned “monitoring the bear’s morning walk.”
Local schools were notified.
Local resident John Grasso reported spotting the bear on State Street, near Garfield Avenue at about 8:30 a.m.
He spotted the bear while at Winsupply on State Street, across the street in front of the Will Power computer repair store.
Grasso recounted that he was “amazed to see a bear in Woodlawn.”
The DEC said on its website that bears are more likely to seek out human food sources in the spring and summer, at which time natural food sources may be scarce, particularly during periods of drought.