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State Police: Bear cub rescued after crash in Palatine

State Police: Bear cub rescued after crash in Palatine

The crash happened at Route 5 and Budnick Road, state police said
State Police: Bear cub rescued after crash in Palatine
State police and the bear cub
Photographer: New York State Police

PALATINE - A bear cub was rescued last week in Palatine after getting struck by a car, state police said.

The bear has has since been taken to a wildlife rehabilitator and is recovering, state police said.

The incident happened just after 5 p.m. last Friday near the intersection of Route 5 and Budnick Road in Palatine. Troopers shared a photo and some information on the incident on their Facebook page Thursday. The post had more than 2,000 reactions and more than 240 shares after about four hours Thursday.

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The cub entered the roadway and was hit by a passing vehicle, state police spokeswoman Trooper Kerra Burns said.

The driver then called to report an injured animal. Troopers arrived to find the cub suffering from obvious injuries, Burns said.

The troopers then contacted a local wildlife rehabilitation service, who then came to the scene and the troopers helped get the cub contained. The rehabilitator then took the cub to FFF Wildlife Center in Hunter, Greene County, state police said.

"The last update that we had was that the cub looked to be recovering well and would be released when healthy," Burns said in an email Thursday.

 

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