Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Cemetery has unusual visitor

Black bear removed without incident


By KATHERINE WUTZ
Express Staff Writer

A small black bear wanders among the tombstones in the Hailey Cemetery on Friday. The bear entered the cemetery from a nearby subdivision. Photo by Dana DuGan

A young black bear that wandered into the Hailey Cemetery was contained, captured and removed before causing any disruption on Friday.

The police were alerted to the bear's presence when a report came in on Friday afternoon that a bear was wandering in the Deerfield subdivision, east of downtown.

"He was running in people's backyards and running over fences," said David Stellers, assistant chief of Hailey Police.

Eventually, the bear wandered to the cemetery, where Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials and Hailey police managed to contain him.

Fish and Game Senior Conservation Officer Rob Morris said he made the decision to dart and remove the bear based on its location.

"A lot of times, we let the bears do their own thing and leave town after dark, but this one was in a bad spot," he said.

Fish and Game officers chased the bear into a tree, where they were able to shoot it with a tranquilizer dart. Morris said the dart embedded itself deeply, requiring a call to Dr. Roy Johnson at the Sun Valley Animal Center.

Johnson removed the dart and stitched up the bear before it was transported out of town.

Katherine Wutz: kwutz@mtexpress.com




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