Bear Rescued from Tree in Rockland County - NBC New York

Bear Rescued from Tree in Rockland County

Young bear said to be okay after a long tumble



    After taking a long tumble out of the tree, the bear is said to be doing OK. (Published Monday, July 11, 2011)

     A young bear that was stranded in a tree in Rockland County is said to be doing alright after a long tumble back to the ground Monday morning.

    The bear, thought to be about a year-and-a-half old, was first spotted near routes 59 and 9W in Nyack  at about 9 a.m. Monday.   By 10 a.m., it had scurried up a tree near the South Nyack Department of Public Works, said South Nyack Police Chief Robert Van Cura.

    Wildlife biologists from the state Department of Environmental Protection were called in.   They were able to remove the bear from the tree by shooting it with a tranquilizer gun. 

    After taking a long tumble, the young bear appeared fine, Van Cura said.

    "It seemed to be alright," Van Cura said.  "They were taking measurements and going to monitor it before trying to relocate it to the Catskills."