Black Bear Euthanized In Massachusetts

Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Bear Hunting Magazine

Massachusetts state police were called to a report of a black bear in a tree near mile marker 126 on the Mass Pike westbound around 6:30am Sunday. The bear was spotted in a tree that was adjacent to Washington Street in the city of Newton.

After numerous efforts to remove the bear were unsuccessful, officials made the decision to euthanize the bear for public safety reasons. Traffic was stopped heading westbound while the bear was being shot. The male bruin was estimated to be around a year of age and weighed between 100 and 125 pounds. The bear had been tagged by the state Department of Fish and Game in February.

The bear was then removed from the area and given to a local sports club so the meat could be used by its members. There are an estimated 3,000 bears currently living in the state.

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