Bear caught in Willimantic backyard

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

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