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NY sees increase in wayward bear cubs

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New York environmental officials say they have dealt with a higher than usual number of wayward bear cubs this year.

A bear cub has been living in Plattsburgh for the past month. But he isn't the only cub that has wandered into a populated area. A cub wandered into Saranac Lake last month. And several have been spotted in the Glens Falls area. A high number have also been hit by cars on the Northway. Biologists say it due to a robust population of black bears.

"The theory is, in 2011 there was a lot of bear food, all the bears were healthy, the sows had more cubs than usual, those cubs survived through the winter last year and this year there isn't that much food out there with the drought, so the cubs are scrounging," said Ed Reed of the N.Y. Department of Environmental Conservation.

Reed said many of the cubs in the Glens Falls area have been brought to a wildlife refuge because they were too small to survive the winter. However, he says the bear cub in Plattsburgh is healthy enough to live on its own and may even den for the winter where it has been staying near the bike path.

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