By Geoffrey Croft
A dead black bear cub, three feet long, was discovered this morning in Central Park under a tree.
The discovery was made by a woman walking her dog near West 69th Street and the West Drive at approximately 10:30am.
The woman notified a Central Park Conservancy worker who called 911.
The bear had lacerations to its body including a gash to the neck according to sources.
The Police Department’s Animal Cruelty Investigation unit spent the
morning searching for clues trying to determine the cause of death and
how the bear ended up in the park. The working hypothesis is that the bear was brought
by a people in vehicle and dumped there.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s wildlife pathology unit is determining the cause of death.
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