CORTLAND, N.Y. – The Cortland City School District has taken extra precautions after a black bear cub was spotted Thursday morning, according to superintendent Michael Hoose.
The bear was spotted at around 10 a.m. Thursday on Denti Drive in the city's south end, Hoose said.
Since then, Hoose says the district has been "holding in place" and taking measures to ensure students are safe.
"We've made provisions for kids that walk to take a bus home if they choose," Hoose said, adding that the district may request an additional police presence during school dismissal times.
Police and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation crews are continuing to track the bear. It was last seen at the railroad crossing on Pendleton Street at 10:30 a.m., according to the City of Cortland Police Department.