Bear in Brookline tree is famous Cape Cod bear
BROOKLINE, Mass. (WHDH) -- A bear caught in a tree in Brookline Tuesday morning was relocated to western Massachusetts after being tranquilized and falling 80 feet to the ground.
Environmental police said the 200-pound bear is the same bear that was recently spotted on Cape Cod and captured on June 12, at which point it was relocated to central Massachusetts. The bear then traveled more than 100 miles to Brookline before it was caught again on Tuesday.
“He was a big adult bear -- huge -- I saw him run across the yard and I went, ‘Oh my God,’” said Sherry Leventhal. “He climbed the tree. He went about half way up then he went up a little further and he was wedged in. They thought they could get the tranquilizer when he was wedged in so he wouldn’t fall.”
Leventhal saw the bear crawl up the tree in her yard around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.
“I’ve seen wild turkeys and we had a fox once and raccoons, but never a bear,” said Leventhal.
Curious people and animal lovers gathered to watch the action unfold as environmental police took action. Officials said the 2 to 3-year-old male bear spent the morning roughly 50 feet in the air, until officials shot it with a tranquilizer gun. The crowd gasped as the bear climbed higher. It eventually fell to the ground from some 80 feet in the air.
“It fell, but the fall got broken by branches on the way down and hit a solid bush on the bottom. The bear is doing fine,” said Chief Daniel O’Leary of the Brookline Police Department.
The bear was put in the back of an Environmental Police truck filled with ice and taken down the Massachusetts Turnpike to be released into the woods.
“It was great. It was the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Stacy Shea.
“I don’t think the rest of my life is going to be as exciting as this morning,” said Leventhal. “It’s boring in Chestnut Hill.”
Officials said every bear that is caught is tagged. That’s how they knew the bear in Brookline was the same bear found on the Cape. Police said it is not the same bear that was spotted in neighboring communities over the weekend.
Typically officials allow a bear like this one to come down on its own, but because it was found in a residential neighborhood with three summer camps in the area police felt they needed to tranquilize and remove the bear.