Human interaction with wildlife, especially young animals often goes wrong even when meant as a good deed. For the second time in recent weeks, there was a bear encounter in the water at the Great Sacandaga Lake near Gloversville. This time it didn't end well.

According to Albany's Times Union NY Department of Conservation officers were called to the lake after a couple found a bear cub swimming alone. Concerned for the little one's safety the woman pulled it from the water and brought it onto the boat. The panicked cub then scratched the woman on the hands and wrists.

Officers suggested the woman seek medical attention and took the cub. Concerns over the possibility of rabies meant euthanizing the cub, the only way to know for sure. The tests were negative.

Obviously, the couple's intentions were meant for the best and most of us would have made an attempt to save what we thought was a drowning cub or any other animal. But the DEC is reminding people of their "If You Care, Leave It There" campaign. When finding young wildlife in a perilous situation contact one of the state's Wildlife Rehabilitators for advice. Here's contact information for rehabilitators throughout New York.



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