Bear On The Prowl Near Endicott School

By Kerri O'Hara

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 12, 2007 at 7:36 PM EDT

From Loder Street to East Main Street.

A bear was the talk of the town in Endicott.

"We were in Friendly's and the waitress came over to the tables and said we just want to warn you because when you go out a black bear was seen in the area. Well my curiosity was aroused," says bear watcher Gene Furguson.

"His neighbor called and said there was a bear here so we got on our bikes and came over here. We thought it was pretty cool," says bear watcher Matt Ortiz.

The black bear made its first appearance right before summer school was about to let out at Jennie F Snapp School in Endicott.

The school went into lockdown mode.

"The students with rides were not our concern, It was the students who were walking through the neighborhood and might want to see what they could see," says Union Endicott Public Information Officer Marylin Blake.

Students were eventually released to their parents or bused home.

Police surrounded the bear while it rested in the woods behind the school.

After almost 4 hours, the Department of Environmental Conservation officers tranquilized the bear and brought the animal out in a truck.

The bear will be released in Afton.

The Broome County Sheriff's Office estimated the bears weighs about 350 pounds.

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