Team effort to save black bear hit on Route 44
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Michael J. Drake
Troop K Commander
Pleasant Valley, New York – April, 24, 2020, the State Police in Poughkeepsie saved a black bear last night with the help of the New York State Environmental Conservation Police, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, and a wildlife rehabilitator from Friends of the Feathered & Furry Wildlife Center.
Troopers responded to Route 44 for a report of an injured bear on Route 44 in the town of Pleasant Valley. The bear though unresponsive, had no obvious external wounds. It appeared to have been struck by a motor vehicle.
Troopers enlisted help from the New York State Environmental Police, who contacted a wildlife rehabilitator. The Friends of the Feathered & Furry Wildlife Center representative provided medical attention to the injured bear, and after a recovery period the bear was moved via blanket to a nearby wooded area. The bear was last seen walking into the woods under its own power.