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Bear climbs tree in Albany after being shot by officers

By The Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A wounded black bear remains up a tree in a residential Albany neighborhood after state wildlife conservation officers shot it when attempts to tranquilize the animal failed.

Local media report Wednesday that the bear is more than 50 feet up a tree in the backyard of a home on Albany's southern outskirts.

The approximately 175-pound bear was first spotted early Tuesday morning in a neighboring suburb and again at nearby Exit 23 on the Thruway. The animal was discovered later in the day near a home off Whitehall Road.

When attempts to hit the bear with tranquilizer darts failed, conservation officers shot it with a shotgun, but the animal climbed up the tree.

Officers had said the intended to kill the bear because it had wandered into residential areas before.

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