UPDATE: Black Bear Tranquilized in Chestnut Hill, Hauled Away
After last night's chase and thunderstorm, Brookline Police found the bear sleeping in a tree in South Brookline this morning. Reports indicate crews are working to remove the bear from the tree.
Update 3:10 p.m. Remember the Cape Cod bear from earlier this month? Officials say the Brookline bear is the same bear.
2:35 p.m. State wildlife officials confirmed in a press conference this afternoon that the bear captured in Chestnut Hill today is the same bear that was roaming Cape Cod earlier this month.
1:45 p.m. According to Reginald Zimmerman, spokesman for the Massachusetts Dept. of Energy and Environmental Affairs, it is "highly likely" the bear caught in Chestnut Hill today is the same bear that was spotted in Newton and Needham yesterday.
Zimmerman also said the bear will be safely transported to a location in Western Massachusetts.
12:45 p.m. According to a report posted on Boston.com, Brookline Police believe the bear captured in Chestnut Hill is not the same animal that was seen Monday in Needham and over the weekend in Dedham, based on tags that bear was wearing.
Brookline Police Chief Daniel O'Leary told the Globe that police believe there is another bear that is still active in the area.
Update 10:19 a.m. Twitter reports indicate the bear has been hauled away. According to Patch correspondent Stephen Walsh, who is on scene, veternarians arrived to check out the bear before it was transported.
It is not clear at this time where authorities plan to take the bear.
9:51 a.m. Brookline Police have requested twelve 30-pound bags of ice from Brookline Ice and Coal to Pine Road for the bear, according to scanner reports.
I'll let you know where I'm staying when this is all over so you can send me cards (and salmon)
9:45 a.m. @alexjonesphoto is reporting via Twitter that the bear has been tranquilized and has fallen out of the tree.
9:25 a.m. Police are closing down Hammond Street around the bear to cut down on traffic.
According to Brookline Police scanner reports, officers are working to slow traffic in the area and are stationing cruisers at Hammond Street and Heath Street, Hammond Street and Woodward Street as well as Pine Street and Woodward Street.
After following reports of a black bear through the storm last night, Brookline Police have tracked it to a tree on Pine Road.
Environmental Police are on scene with bucket trucks and a front end loader in to get the bear down from the tree, according to @TheBelloBlotter on Twitter.
The @BrooklineMAPD Twitter account posted the following this morning:
Black bear black bear what do you see? . I see .Brookline police looking at me. pic.twitter.com/BI5f9yXL
Monday morning a black bear was spotted near the Newton line off Second Avenue in Needham. Environmental and local police responded to the scene but lost sight of the bear.
It is possible this is the same bear that traveled through Westwood and Dedham, where the bear was spotted over the weekend.
Patch correspondent Stephen Walsh is on scene and Newton Patch will have more updates shortly.