300 lb. bear relocated in Orange

The animal had been seen getting into bird feeders & garbage several times over the span of a week


ORANGE, Mass. (WWLP) – Environmental police officers were able to knock out and move a bear that had been getting into garbage and bird feeders in the town of Orange.

On their Facebook page, Massachusetts Environmental Police said they were called to the Franklin county town on Monday after the bear was spotted several times over the span of a week.

Specially trained environmental officers then tracked down the 300 lb. mammal and, with assistance from the Orange and Athol police departments, successfully immobilized it.

The bear was then moved and released at an undisclosed, rural location where it recovered from the agent used to knock it out.

Officials are reminding the public that when a bear is found in a developed area, it’s best to stay away from the animal and report it to Environmental Police at 1-800-632-8075.

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