Bear removed from tree after day in 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.

Morristown police, who initially spotted the bear on the Green around 10 a.m., enlisted support from the Morristown Fire Department and the state Division of Fish and Wildlife. 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. Monday as it wandered by the fountain and then climbed one tree and then a second at the corner of East Park Place and North Park Place, from which it ultimately was captured at 3 p.m. 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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