Bear safely relocated after causing stir on Worcester roadway

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WORCESTER — Massachusetts State Police and local animal control officers responded to an unusual traffic hazard Monday morning when a bear was found standing in the middle of McKeon Road over Route 146.

Troopers from the Millbury Barracks received the call around 8:15 a.m. and arrived to find Worcester officers already at the scene.

A quick response allowed officials to contain the bear, and a perimeter was swiftly established to ensure public and animal safety.

Working in tandem with the Massachusetts Environmental Police, troopers managed to position themselves near the bear to safely tranquilize it.

The operation provided a rare opportunity for the officers to capture a few memorable photographs of the tranquilized bear before it was transported.

Authorities relocated the bear to a secure and remote habitat, far from the dangers of major roadways and residential areas.

Following a short period of rest, the bear was released back into the wild, unharmed and ready to continue its natural activities away from human interaction.

Traffic flow resumed without incident, and no injuries were reported.

State Police remind residents to report any wildlife encounters to local authorities to ensure the safety of both the animals and the community.

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