Animals made the news in Central New York quite often throughout 2016, from a "Moose on the Loose" to close encounters with lions at the Utica Zoo. These are our favorite, cutest animal stories of the last year.
A black bear has been spotted in a residential area of Higby Road in New Hartford. Christine Martin took a photo of the footprint left by the beast that was taking a winter stroll through her neighborhood. She spotted the bear in her back yard on Tuesday night on Higby, near Mohawk Street.