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A mother bear and cub complete a swim across Great Sacandaga Lake late last month, aided by state conservation officers.

A couple of state conservation officers helped a pair of black bears cross busy Great Sacandaga Lake one day last month, even getting pictures after they helped the mother and cub cross the lake on a section of lake in Fulton County.

From the DEC:

"On Aug. 28, ECOs Shane Manns and Paul Pasciak were on boat patrol on the Great Sacandaga Lake when they received a report of two bears swimming across the lake. The caller was concerned for the bears’ safety in the open water among the boat traffic. ECOs Manns and Pasciak responded and located a mother bear and her cub swimming a few hundred yards from shore. The ECOs carefully positioned their boat to encourage the bears to swim toward the shoreline and away from other boaters. Within a short time, the mother and her cub safely made it to shore and ran off into the woods."

Now that is a once-in-a-lifetime event, wit photographic evidence.

-- Don Lehman

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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