Bear removed from tree after day in New Jersey public park

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Bear Brought Down From Tree In Downtown Morristown.

MORRISTOWN — The bear that wandered through Morristown on Monday and wound up high in a tree on the Morristown Green was tranquilized and captured late in the afternoon.After some anxious moments, a day of drama on the Green ended well for all concerned on Monday afternoon, when a state wildlife expert and a Morristown fireman together retrieved a tranquilized bear from a tree near the busy intersection of North- and East Park Place. Police cordoned off the area and the Division of Fish and Wildlife came and got the bear down safely with the help of a Morristown Fire Department ladder truck bucket.

The darted bruin had scrambled higher in the branches, as firefighters stood below with a giant net and police held back anxious crowds clamoring for close-up photos. As the actual capture effort drew nearer, the police moved onlookers hundreds of feet away from the rescue scene in an effort to ensure the bear didn’t run loose and hurt anyone. Police chased the creature across the Green, where it attempted to scamper up another tree before deciding to lope to the northeast corner and seek refuge in the tree there. A Morristown patrolman had spotted the 230-pound male black bear walking on the ground through the Green and it later climbed onto a branch about 15 feet above the ground, Flanagan said. As onlookers were ordered to keep their distance, police, firefighters and Morris County Sheriff’s officers wrapped netting around the tree to be used to catch the bear if it fell from the tree after being shot with a tranquilizer gun.

But upon being zapped with the tranquilizer, the bear scooted another 10 to 15 feet up the tree and became wedged between two limbs, said town Fire Chief Robert Flanagan. With onlookers straining for a closer look, the still-unconscious bear was placed on the sidewalk to have its ears tagged, the inside of its lips tattooed, and a DNA sample taken, which is used for tracking genetics. The bear was tagged, tattooed, loaded into a bear trap and was expected to be released in the Black River Wildlife Management Area in Chester, Flanagan said.

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