DEC testing bear found at McCauley

on Tuesday, 19 March 2013.

The Department of
Environmental Conservation is investigating an emaciated black bear that was
discovered last week at McCauley Mountain.
The bear was spotted by a chairlift operator.  Town of Webb Police responded to the scene
& observed the bear & noted that its fur was thin & its bones were
showing through its skin.  The animal
also appeared to have trouble walking.
Police Chief John Russell had the animal euthanized & the DEC was
then notified & photographed the animal before transporting it from the
scene.  A DEC spokesperson stated that
the bear went into hibernation with a pre-existing mange condition that got
worse as the winter progressed.  The DEC
is currently conducting tests on the animal.