Bear Roaming Arlington Neighborhoods Has Been Captured and Released
Arlington, MA– The day after the Boston Bruins swept the Carolina Hurricanes to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals, a bear sighting near the city seems like a positive sign.
This morning, helicopters swarmed around Arlington neighborhoods as police and animal control officers attempted to locate a black bear seen in the city, reports WCVB. The elusive bear was finally spotted up in a tree in a backyard on Osceola Path. Massachusetts wildlife officers tranquilized him with darts. It took some time for the medication to take effect on the large bear, so he was able to come down out the tree on his own. Once he was out, officials then loaded him up into a Massachusetts Environmental Police truck for transportation to a more suitable environment in western Massachusetts.
The young male bear was estimated to be two or three years old, weighing 130 or 140 pounds. Arlington police sent out warnings to local residents, warning them to stay inside with their pets this morning while the bear hunt was underway.
Since he has now experienced the rush of city life and was probably impressed with the food options available in Arlington trash cans, he has been marked with a yellow tag to identify him as a potential “nuisance bear.”
This story had a relatively happy ending, but bear sightings close to the city are increasingly common. The state has tips on how to prevent bears from making themselves comfortable on your property, and how to avoid conflict if you come upon one. One main takeaway is that bears are attracted by bird feeders, so if you live in an area where bears are known to visit, it’s best to only use your bird feeder in the winter, when bears are in their dens.
Some nuisance bears can become quite bold around humans because the more often bears see people, the less fearful they become. Animal control warns people to keep their distance. And take down those bird feeders, if you haven’t already.
Here’s the Arlington bear after relocation to his new habitat:
Image via Twitter / @ArlingtonMAPD