Cape Cod bear has traveled over 100 miles around MA
WESTBORO, Mass. (WHDH) -- The Cape Cod bear is quite the adventurer.
The now famous Cape Cod bear was captured once again on Tuesday, this time in Brookline after making the long journey back from central Massachusetts.
“We knew that when we had captured and relocated this animal that there was a possibility that this animal might try to disperse and move eastward again. It has done that,” said Tim O’Shea, Div. Fisheries and Wildlife.
Environmental police said the male bear is about three years old and has been putting on quite the miles this summer. He spent the spring and early summer traveling all the way down the Cape, making it to Provincetown, but was captured in Wellfleet.
The environmental police took the bear to central Mass., tagged him and released him. He then traveled more than 100 miles back east where he was once again captured, this time up a tree in Brookline.
“We do know that there have been additional sightings here in eastern Mass. including Mendon, Bellingham, Needham, Walpole, Dedham,” said O’Shea. “There may be others as well, including Brookline. We have not been able to confirm that this particular bear was those bears in those other sightings.”
But there is a good chance it was him.
But why does this bear keep coming back east?
“This has been known to happen among some young bears as they try to seek new territories and this could potentially happen again,” said O’Shea.
For now, the Cape Cod bear has been moved even further west.
“Bears are indigenous to Massachusetts. They’re coming east and we’re going to have to learn to live with them,” said Major Wil Gray of the Mass. Environmental Police.
They also say bear travels should start to reduce as summer turns into fall.