From Delco to Delaware state, well-traveled black bear still on the loose

Tim Jimenez
December 06, 2019 - 9:48 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The elusive black bear that made its way from Delaware County, Pennsylvania down to the state of Delaware is still on the loose as of Friday morning. It was last seen at Alapocas Run State Park in Wilmington on Thursday.

While state officials try to safely capture the animal — with stale donuts and chocolate, apparently — the park trails are closed.

The bear was originally spotted in Villanova on Nov. 29. It ended up in the Delaware state park after going for quite the stroll Thursday morning, hopping through several backyards in Wilmington with natural resources officers and Pennsylvania Game Warden Jerry Czech close behind. 

Czech said their attempts to tranquilize the bear came up short.

“When the bear was running through the fences and jumping over fences, the dart came out. So, it didn’t look like much got into the bear. It didn’t get too lethargic,” he said.

It moved on to the state park, where Czech said a bear trap is set up. The hope is that the old donuts and chocolate that are inside will attract the sweet-toothed animal and end this wild bear chase.

“The bear would come up, eat some donuts or eat the bait, and then climb into the trap,” he explained. “There’s a pan in there, which, when it goes into the trap, it steps on that pan when it’s fully in the trap. The door closes. We have it in that steel trap and then we can transport it.”

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