Infamous Cape Cod bear relocated to Central Mass.
BOSTON (WHDH) -- After weeks of wandering, the Cape Cod Bear is off the Cape.
His adventure came to an end after he travelled from Barnstable to Provincetown. He was captured on Monday night in Wellfleet. The Cape's most notorious visitor of the summer left town on a stretcher covered with a net and surrounded by environmental officers.
“It looked calm. They were really gentle with it. They gave it some water right away,” said Lezli Rowell, who saw the bear get tranquilized.
Environmental officers said they finally decided to remove the bear for its own safety.
“We had a number of people out actively looking for the bear, walking into the woods looking for the bear, a lot of vehicles out and we began to get really concerned about the public nuisance and the wellbeing of the animal,” said an official in a press conference in Westborough on Tuesday.
The bear attracted a lot of attention since it turned up on Cape Cod over Memorial Day weekend when officials believe it swam across the Cape Cod Canal. Officials believe the bear was a male about 3 years old.
“I was very surprised. I heard it was up Cape and in Provincetown. I wasn’t thinking I should watch my backyard for bear sightings,” said Rowell.
Environmentalists said the bear may have been on a misguided hunt for a mate -- black bears haven’t been seen on Cape Cod for centuries.
The bear was cornered and then tranquilized around 9 p.m. Monday in Wellfleet.
“It went really deep into this hollow where it could hide well from all of us,” said Rowell.
Hours later the bear was brought out of the woods and Rowell said she is certain he is being taken to a better place.
“It’s well, it’s healthy and there’s no girl bears here so it was going to be lonely,” said Rowell.
State officials said the bear was safely relocated to central Massachusetts. Environmental officers said the bear was in good health.