A black bear peeks through the leaves Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, looking toward state Route 36 between Hornell, N.Y., and Canisteo, N.Y. The bear stopped traffic in both directions when it climbed over a guardrail on the northbound side of the highway before changing its mind and running back down the hill. About a dozen spectators stopped along the road to watch the bear; as soon as most of them left, the bear climbed back up the hill, over the guardrail, across four lanes of traffic and disappeared into the woods.

A black bear peeks through the leaves Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, looking toward state Route 36 between Hornell, N.Y., and Canisteo, N.Y. The bear stopped traffic in both directions when it climbed over a guardrail on the northbound side of the highway before changing its mind and running back down the hill. About a dozen spectators stopped along the road to watch the bear; as soon as most of them left, the bear climbed back up the hill, over the guardrail, across four lanes of traffic and disappeared into the woods.