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24 April 2020

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.