While sleuthing through old newspapers on the Fulton History site, I discovered this amusing item from the Evening Register for April 9, 1883. Bears have been sighted in Hudson in recent years, but the circumstances have not been quite the same.
A Bear-Faced Transaction
This city was full of bears, this morning. Chief of Police Snyder informed the captain general who run [sic] the "bear show" that if he didn't trot his animals out of town he would trot the whole gang into the presence of sheriff Proper. "They trotted." It didn't seem to be a good season for bears, somehow or other.