Bear tracked though three counties dies after tree fall

CORTLAND – A 200-pound black bear, once a recent native of Chenango County has died after State DEC officials and the City of Cortland Public Works Department worked to remove the 2-year-old bear from its perch some 30 feet in a maple tree, Monday.

Earlier in April, the DEC captured and tagged this exact bear in the Village of Earlville, on the border between Madison and Chenango counties.

While the bear had not attacked or been aggressive, DEC Officials have confirmed that this was the same bear that was located in Herkimer just two weeks ago–removed from a tree in a similar situation–creating havoc in urban areas over a swath of central New York at least 60 miles long in recent weeks.

It was then the DEC decided to tag and collar the animal.

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