DNR captures 500-pound Traverse City bear

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Traverse City black bear was captured – again – by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources after a week of mischief near downtown, officials said.

The 500-pound male was lured into a humane trap and is due to be relocated a second time, according to the Grand Traverse 911.

“Just when we thought it would not be able to paw, the famous bear roaming the town / Garfield Township scratched its last picnic basket in the area,” dispatchers said on social media. “He is currently unharmed in the paws of the DNR and is hopefully on the way to his FUR-always-home.”

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The Post suggests taking him to the Upper Peninsula, where he “would need a $ 4 bridge fare to get back.”

When it was first caught in April, the bear was relocated to the eastern Lower Peninsula. Within two months, the bear’s collar indicated that it was on its way back to Grand Traverse County – a 90-mile journey.

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During his recent escapades in the Traverse City area, the bear raided bird feeders, trash cans, and a dispatcher’s pear tree, 911 said in the Grand Traverse mail.

On Monday, Traverse City Police urged residents to put their bird feeders away as birdseed is a favorite treat of this familiar bear.

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Michigan is home to approximately 12,000 black bears. According to DNR, about 10,000 live on the upper peninsula while 2,000 live in the lower peninsula. The bears can be lured into the apartments by the smell of bird food – even if the automatic feeder is empty.

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