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Wildlife Officials: Bear Captured in Brookline is Cape Cod Bear

Environmental officials captured a black bear in Brookline this afternoon and have confirmed that it is the bear that spent time on the Cape earlier this month.

Massachusetts wildlife officials confirmed this afternoon that the  earlier today is the famous who traveled from the South Shore to Cape Cod a few weeks ago.

According to a press release issued by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, officials cannot confirm that all , only that the bear captured in Brookline today is the same as the bear  on June 12. 

While on the Cape, the bear hung out in backyards, feasting on birdseed and other goodies, in South Plymouth for at least a week before swimming across the Cape Cod Canal. Wildlife officials caught that bear after it roamed the Cape for weeks, moving it west and releasing it.

Officials confirmed in the press release today that the bear has been transported back to a remote location in Western Massachusetts.

Yesterday,, near the Newton line, but vanished before officials could capture it.

Then, late last night, , sending out both Brookline and Environmental Police to the area near the Baker School in Brookline. This morning, Brookline Police found the bear sleeping in a tree off Pine Road.

Environmental Police where they used tranquilizer darts to subdue the animal. The bear eventually fell from the tree (unharmed) and was packaged up with ice to be transported to the western part of the state. 

Officials said male bears are going out on their own for the first time around this time of the year, thus the increased sightings. According to the press release, young male black bears often travel "great distances" after leaving their mothers to find their own territory.

David M. June 27, 2012 at 05:18 PM
The people who reported the bear in Medfield, Dedham, or Needham could not get close enough to see if he had an ear tag, or what was on the tag, so the E.P. are reluctant to confirm that the Brookline bear is the same as that bear. But if you plot where the confirmed sighting were, its pretty clearly a bear-accessable route with many possible bear habitats (eg "Mt. Wilson in Dedham and the the wilds along the Charles River and Culter Lake in Dedham/Needham/Newton.) I doubt we will have any more bear sightings in the Boston area (although there may be a report in a Central Mass. Patch soon of "Bear holding 'Brookline or Bust' sign sighted on Route 9'. Motorists advised not to pick him up")
Karla Vallance June 27, 2012 at 08:15 PM
@David M.: we'll be watching for said sign!

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