Locals recently captured a video of a bear strolling through downtown Asheville, North Carolina. According to police reports, this is the third time in recent weeks that officers have assisted in the removal of bears from the downtown area.
Here's a video of the incident:
"The black bear, wearing a Wildlife enforcement tracking collar, seemed to want a day in the park, where lots of people were enjoying their day downtown," per a statement by the Asheville Police Department. "Officers wanted to help get the bear safely out of the area by helping give the bear space to mosey along. At one point, the bear even crossed the street by using the crosswalk. Although officers appreciated the law-abiding bear, it was important to get the bear back to a wooded area for safety."
In related news, a North Carolina state wildlife biologist successfully freed a black bear with three cubs after her neck had been trapped in a plastic lid for several days. According to USA Today, "Justin McVey, a wildlife biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission, said he was able to pull the lid off the bear's head after he found her walking through an East Asheville neighborhood." Since being contacted about the bear by a resident, McVey said the agency worked around the clock to locate her.
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