Bear spotted near Union College campus

April 30, 2019 07:52 PM

SCHENECTADY -- Terry Tooley of Brunswick drives for Uber and Lyft. Early Tuesday morning, he had a passenger from the casino, when he thought he saw a big dog. Then he looked again. 

He captured part of the bear-y unusual encounter on video. The animal was running on Nott Street, next to Union College. 


Tooley just couldn't believe it. He called out, "What's up, teddy bear?"

"He was going right up like it shows in the video, after he had crossed the street in front of us at the light," said Tooley. "I do believe he used the crosswalk, by the way. Not sure if he looked both ways. He turned around as soon as he heard me say, 'Hey, teddy bear.'"

The first thing Tooley did was to call police to report the sighting. 

"I couldn't imagine anybody just coming out of their door, walking their dog at 5 o'clock in the morning as many people do, because I drive all night long, and seeing a bear," said Tooley.  

"A lot of people walk around in Schenectady. It's a great place that's turned into living there.  My main concern is that I wanted everybody to be safe."

A Union College spokesman says the bear was not on campus and that they're aware of the sighting. 

Police say the bear was last seen near Eastern Avenue, and that they've notified Encon. 

"I dropped off a number of passengers over in that neighborhood, and every single one of them I told them, 'Just be careful when you get out of the car, you do have a bear nearby.' And they said, 'Huh? No! No way! There's no way!'"

Tooley has posted his video on Facebook, where it's been shared hundreds of times. 

He says he'd just like the bear to safely get back to where it belongs, which is definitely not on Nott Street in the center of the city. 


WNYT Staff

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