STURBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — State police have shot and killed a bear they feared might cause an accident at a busy highway intersection.
The Telegram & Gazette reports that the bear wandered onto Route 20 in Sturbridge near the ramp to Interstate 84 at about 4 p.m. Thursday.
Motorists called police to report the bear.
A trooper nearly struck the bear with his cruiser but was able to scare the animal back into a swampy wooded area.
But the animal came back onto the road, and when troopers were unable to chase it away a second time it was shot so it did not cause an accident.
Environmental Police also responded to the scene.
Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com
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