A 180-pound black bear's epic tour of eastern Massachusetts came to a somewhat undignified end in Brookline on Tuesday when environmental police shot him out of a tree with tranquilizer gun.
The 2-year-old male has been in the public eye since Memorial Day weekend, when he evidently swam the Cape Cod Canal and wandered all the way to Provincetown.
Two weeks ago, state wildlife officials on the Cape apprehended the bear and relocated him to Central Massachusetts. It was case closed, until he showed up on June 26 in Sherry Levanthal's backyard.
Radio Boston's next guest says all of us in the Boston area might want to get used to such encounters as the commonwealth's burgeoning black bear population pushes east.
- Tom O'Shea , assistant director of wildlife at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
This segment aired on June 27, 2012.