Rescued bears in Greene County returned to the wild

Bear Relocation Project – Greene, Sullivan, Ulster Counties

On May 22, ECOs Jon Walraven, Melissa Burgess, and Adam Johnson, members of DEC Region 3’s Chemical Immobilization Team (CIT), and Region 3 wildlife staff coordinated the relocation of seven rehabilitated bears from the Friends of the Feathered and Furry Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Hunter.

The bears were previously brought to the facility as either orphaned cubs or young bears with injuries and in need of rehabilitation. The young bears average an estimated 60 to 90 lbs. and are now old enough and physically strong enough to be released.

DLE’s CIT team is a group of specially trained ECOs who respond to wildlife emergencies when wildlife needs to be relocated for the safety of the public and/or the animals themselves. The bears were brought to locations in Sullivan and Ulster counties foo

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