New York DEC officials tranquilized and captured a young black bear on the RIT campus after it was seen roaming the grounds.
A young bear that was witnessed wandering about on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus June 22, 2016 was tranquilized and captured after it climbed a tree on the college grounds.
NYSDEC and law enforcement officials were able to catch the young bruin once it had treed itself in the interior college campus making it a fairly easy ‘save’ of the bear which has since been released into the Rattlesnake Hill Wildlife Management Area.
There had been reports of a similarly sized bear wandering around near the Wheatland-Chili High School grounds several miles southwest of RIT, but it’s not known whether or not this could be the same black bear or a different one.
On November 6, 2015 a Byron, NY hunter tagged a trophy 500-pound bruin during the legal firearms season. The town of Byron is only about 21 miles due west of the RIT campus showing that bears are starting to use the upstate area of western NYS as a home.
Now that this particular youthful bear is in the protection of the state DEC it has been released back into the wild in the southern tier.