Imagine driving to work, or going for your morning walk and seeing a bear wandering through your neighborhood? That is just what happened in Schenectady on Tuesday morning!

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It’s not often that we see bears roaming through the streets of the Capital Region. Yesterday a bear was seen wandering through the Woodlawn area of Schenectady by several people.

According to Newsweek, one resident, John Grasso says that he saw the bear on State Street near Garfield Avenue around 830 this morning. He said that he was amazed to see the bear in Woodlawn.

Schools in the area were notified of the bear spotting and police contacted the Department of Environmental Conservation. Police say that the bear retreated into the woods around noon.

The Schenectady Police Department verified the sighting. They said in a Tweet, “The Schenectady Police Department and the Department of Environmental Conservation continue to monitor the bear sighting this morning, as it traveled through the Woodlawn section of the city. At this time, it appears to have retreated to the wooded area of the Woodlawn Nature Preserve and is no longer on public roadways or private property. We are hopeful that it will continue to move on its way from the city and back into its natural habitat.”

It is rare to have bear sightings in this area, but it has happened before. I’m glad that the bear was able to make it back into its own environment without harming any people in the process. This sounds strange but is said to have happened before so let me ask you, have you ever heard of bears wandering through the streets in the area?

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