Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Rochester is Bear Country!

Around midnight last night a resident of a city neighborhood called the police to report a bear was in a tree. The bear slept in the tree last night. This morning the crowds gathered and the police and DEC (Dept. of Environmental Conservation) showed up. It was decided that the DEC would shoot the bear with a tranquilizer gun and carry it back to the woods where it belongs. The first shot missed and the scared bear climbed higher up into the tree. The second shot hit the bear and he fell into a net being held by the authorities, but unfortunately, he still crashed to the ground and died. It was a first or second year cub.

This is not the first bear to find its way into the Rochester area. Last summer there were at least two bear sightings (two different bears). One defied all odds by crossing over two interstate highways during the day before wandering off into obscurity again.

There is a news item and video of this on 13wham.com, one of our local TV stations.


  1. It just amazes me that you get such BIG wildlife wandering through your neighbourhood! Deer and Bears..wow.We might get a Kangaroo,Dingo,Goanna or Koala in our area...but Bears!!! Actually the Red Kangaroos can be quite big(the bucks)When they stand up on there back legs,you dont want to be too close they can be very scarey :0)

  2. We just love the koalas in the States! Pictures of them look so cute and cuddly!

  3. They do look cute and cuddly,and some are,but,they make an awful grunting noise and scratch and bite!! They are also known for peeing on tourists when they have the cutesie photo snap taken at nature parks !!


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