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Car claims life of young wandering bear in Queensbury

2012-10-02T16:42:00Z 2012-10-04T17:29:38Z Car claims life of young wandering bear in QueensburyDON LEHMAN -- dlehman@poststar.com Glens Falls Post-Star
October 02, 2012 4:42 pm  • 

QUEENSBURY -- The black bear cub that had been wandering the woods and parking lots around Aviation Road with its mother this past week was hit and killed by a car Monday morning, officials said.

The cub was hit on the west side of the southbound lanes of the Northway between exits 19 and 20 around 9 a.m. Monday.

Queensbury Animal Control Officer Jim Fitzgerald said his office and police received calls about it being seen moving along the highway, but when authorities got to the area they found it had been hit moments earlier.

“We got there within four minutes or so of the call but it was too late,” Fitzgerald said.

He estimated the baby bruin weighed about 40 pounds.

The mother has not been seen in the area since two days before the accident, when the two bears were spotted late Saturday in woods behind Aviation Mall and behind Price Rite Plaza on Upper Glen Street.

At one point around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, the cub was next to the entrance of Aviation Mall near the Sears store.

Queensbury resident Melody Smith said a number of people were taking pictures as the cub wandered down the hill near the Sears entrance.

“I was worried the mother was nearby and the people taking pictures were going to chase it into traffic,” Smith said.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation was notified, and a conservation officer was sent to the area.

The bears, though, had gone into the woods at that point, and there were no complaints to police about them until early Monday.

State Police were concerned that the cub’s mother might be in the area and could become protective as Fitzgerald removed the cub’s remains, but he said the mother was not seen.

“It’s sad,” he said. “We’ve been following them around for a few weeks.”

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  1. Resident of GF
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    Resident of GF - October 03, 2012 8:16 pm
    I have to say I am an animal lover myself and am all for animal rights. But think WAY back in history before they had animal rights activists and all the terrible things they did in the ring during the Circus Maximus. Humans would fight the wild animals to the death for entertainment. It's not right but it is history. This obviously has nothing to do with this bear article. Although the point is humans and wildlife sometimes get in the way of each other and we both have to find ways to co-exist without hurting one another.
  2. scottycc31
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    scottycc31 - October 03, 2012 3:53 pm
    Wow, what a self-absorbed comment. If there is another life (that maybe includes reincarnation???) Maybe you could come back as a bear and have humans treat you as you obviously "treat" animals now as far as your over-all philosophy, which blatently shows in your above comment. Maybe even a bear that sentenced to a life of a traveling circus. No, I am not religious, but I do know that many various types of animals that feel pain, fear, stavation, illness, abuse, caught in inhumane traps (that can take hrs or days to die).....even the wrong types of animals get caught in traps, such as domestic animals. Hunting to feed your family is one thing (at least do in humanely) But, "canned hunting" and painful traps.....is just totally unnecessary and down right cruel.....This also includes the cruelty, abuse etc of domestic animals too.
  3. billybobskiff
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    billybobskiff - October 03, 2012 1:54 pm
    BOOOOO HOOOOO BooBooo got run over by a car the only sad thing is that it didnt get big enough to wind up as a rug. Animals are here to be enjoyed alright on the dinner table.
  4. Community1st
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    Community1st - October 03, 2012 10:10 am
    scottycc31, I could not agree more! As an animal-holic myseslf, I am heartbroken by this and the way humans treat animals...cutting puppies feet off, having them do tricks for us, keeping them in cages to serve our ego. I wish everyone would watch The Cove and see how Japan is slaughtering hundres of dolphins and whales each year and feeding the meat to their people which then causes developmental disabilites due to the high mercury. I so wanted to cathc a glimpse of the sweet bears but I wish even more that they could be safe somewhere else. How terribly sad for this bear family. Animals are not hear for us and we are killing them off. Tears. :'-(
  5. scottycc31
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    scottycc31 - October 02, 2012 10:53 pm
    As I have said before........Keep granting a good number of variances, keep building crap Qby doesn't need......and the wildlife will have no place of their own. We call ourselves (humans) the most "intelligent." I think we are close to going full circle.......and being the most dumb. If "intelligence" is how fast we can destroy the earth.....I believe we are now the challenged. The arrogance "we" have as far as the earth is here only for human life is a disgrace. It's only about $$ now....more so than it ever has been. Just sad....Very sad.

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