Bear tranquilized after climbing tree in Cortland

Update: Bear removed from Cortland tree has died

CORTLAND, N.Y. — Dozens gathered near the intersection of Elm and Hubbard streets Monday morning after a black bear climbed the tree of a residential home.

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At around 7 a.m. Monday, officers from the City of Cortland Police Department responded to a report of a black bear that had climbed a tree.

Crews from the City of Cortland Fire Department and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation also responded to the scene.

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Photos courtesy of the Cortland Professional Firefighters Association Facebook page.

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The bear was tranquilized at around 8:30 a.m. and put into a carrier, according to Cortland Deputy Fire Chief Wayne Friedman. It is now under the care of the NYSDEC.

"I remember hearing about bears that had been seen in the city rarely, but years ago," Friedman said. "It's definitely a unique thing."

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