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Black bear trapped in Albany tree creates controversy

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Updated: 5/28 7:14 am

ALBANY N.Y. – The fate of a black bear currently trapped in a tree in Albany has created a roaring divide in Albany.

Department of Environmental Conservation police have been monitoring the bear all night long. 

At last check the bear was still alive, and up about 70 feet in a tree located on Rose Court and Whitehall Road in Albany.

The DEC has decided to put the bear down, officials say it's necessary for public safety reasons and its close proximity to neighborhoods, schools, and roadways.

Harriet Myers middle school went into lock out Tuesday due to the bear’s close proximity.

Officials say the bear has been relocated twice for nuisance behavior; they are able to tell it is the same bear by the double tags on its ear.

Still many are upset with the DEC’s decision calling on the agency to take a more humane approach to dealing with the bear.

As of now it appears the DEC will still follow through with its plan to terminate the bear if and when it comes down.

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