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Bear cub calls Plattsburgh home

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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -

Ray Beebe is neighbors with Plattsburgh's newest resident. "He's got a little hangout right over here," Beebe said.

The young bear cub has moved into this luxurious tree hanging over Lake Champlain and next to the city bike path.  "Penthouse view, he's right here on the lake, he's got a few berries to hangout and eat," Beebe said.

The baby bear has been wandering Plattsburgh for the past three weeks, mainly between the shores of Lake Champlain and around the city bike path. Officials are not sure how he ended up here.  "Mom has never been around. He's always been spotted alone," said Plattsburgh Police Lt. Pat Rascoe.

Even though many find him cute and he has posed no threat to anyone, with winter approaching, officials are now trying to capture the cub so he can be returned to the woods for his own safety. "It has to do with his hibernation and him becoming to familiar with humans," Lt. Rascoe said.

But apparently the bear cub has fallen in love with the City of Plattsburgh. "He's a sneaky little bear," Lt. Rascoe said. "We are pretty sure he made off with some danishes last night from within the trap. But we fixed the problem."

Right now officials plan to be patient with the young bear cub and will just keep trying to trap him. There are no plans to tranquilize the little fellow because officials say he is too small. Even though many in the city have fallen in love with trying to spot the cub, many understand he can't live in Plattsburgh forever.  "He's probably better off somewhere else, little less attention and more food than what we have here," Beebe said.

So, for how long can this bear cub bare the City of Plattsburgh.

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