During the height of vacation season this summer in the Adirondack Park, a black bear cub ventured onto a busy road – and met with one of the thousands of vehicles that traverse the park each summer. The collision broke the female cub’s left foreleg.
The accident happened July 27 on Route 3 in Franklin County, New York. “We didn’t know if she was alive,” said Dianalyn Finn Martin, a passerby who saw the accident and stopped to help. “Then we saw her ears twitching, and she moved her head.”
The cub managed to leave the road and climb a tree, where it clung until falling and tumbling down an embankment. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) arrived with wildlife biologists and technicians to monitor and retrieve the cub, said Martin. “We spent about five hours with her there,” she said.
After successfully recovering the bear, the DEC reached out to certified wildlife rehabilitator Jean Soprano, who transported her to Cornell for veterinary care.
“We knew her foreleg could be repaired at Cornell,” said Soprano, who runs the Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Oswego County. “We often take wildlife to Cornell for medical treatment, and we will receive wildlife from the clinic when continued care is needed.”