Bear caught in Willimantic backyard

Bear up a tree in Willimantic, July 21, 2014. (Photo: Willimantic Police Dept.)

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (WTNH)– Police respond to reports of a bear near High Street.

Yet another bear sighting in Connecticut, this one in the area of High Street in Willimantic. This bear was seen on July 21st.

A resident on Memorial Drive called police and said there was a bear in her backyard. When officers arrived she told them the bear walked off into the woods near Victory Lane. Officials checked the area but didn’t find anything.

Later in the day, police received several more calls that the bear was in the area of High Street. That’s where two officers found the bear eating from an apple tree in the backyard of a house on High Street.

Officers contained the bear to a tree and then requested the assistance of Connecticut DEEP to try and subdue the animal.

Officials tranquilized the bear, caught it in a net and took it to a forest outside of the city.

The black bear was estimated to be approximately 150 lbs., and likely a two to three year old male.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s