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Authorities capture black bear roaming south Yonkers

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YONKERS, Westchester County (PIX11)--  Wildlife agents caught a black bear that was spotted in parts of south Yonkers early Wednesday.

Department of Environmental Conservation says a 3-year-old male bear was spotted Tuesday night going through garbage  on Rossmore Ave in Yonkers.

Police chased him into a wooden area where he went up a tree around 11 p.m. Tuesday.

An environmental conservation crew used a tranquilizer dart, prompting the bear to fall from a tree around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. They loaded the bear into a cage and will bring him to their facility to be monitored for next 24 hours.

"The bear is nothing more than a large raccoon," D.E.C. officer Tom Koepf said. "If there's large food out, the bear is coming for you."

The black bear will be released into a less populated area in Putnam County.

D.E.C. said it is highly unusual for bears to be in the area where it was trapped.

Earlier this week, a black bear was seen in Suffern and another, possibly the one that was caught, strolling around the Francis Reagan Townhouses in Yonkers.