ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A black bear wandered into Albany, climbed a tree several blocks from the state Capitol and rested on branches about 30 feet (nine meters) up Tuesday before workers tranquilized the animal and caught it in a net.
The bear plunged into the net in the early afternoon after a state wildlife crew used a fire department ladder truck to get in close to immobilize the animal. The bear had climbed a towering pine tree on the edge of Washington Park in a residential neighborhood about a half mile from the Capitol.
The sprawling park is in the center of Albany, hemmed in by busy streets and surrounded by commercial strips and city neighborhoods of brownstones or single-family homes.
Albany police tweeted out several pictures of the bear in the tree, including one in which the animal looked like it was taking a nap.
Police said the bear would be medically evaluated before being released into a forested area of the Catskills, south of the city.
Police closed off the street for a few hours as a state Department of Environmental Conservation crew worked to get the bear safely out of the tree.