The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was called to Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford Saturday when a 325 pound black bear stopped by for a visit.
Choate Headmaster Dr. Alex Curtis says the bear was spotted on campus around 8:30 a.m. Community safety immediately responded to make sure no one was in danger. Curtis, who was on campus at the time, said the bear was rambling around and looking in trash cans, presumably trying to find a “tasty snack.”
The bear eventually climbed a tree. Wallingford police arrived on scene to control the crowd of spectators that had gathered and ensure everyone was a safe distance away.
DEEP’s State Environmental Conversation police arrived on scene and used the school’s cherry-picker to get up close to the bear, which was 60 feet up. Curtis explained the crew got the bear down to lower branches and tranquilized the animal. The bear appeared groggy from the tranquilizer but unharmed by his fall, according to Curtis.
Curtis said the DEEP crew on scene was very professional and put everyone at ease. “We’re very grateful to DEEP,” he said.
DEEP officials say the male bear was relocated to a remote location.
For more information on black bears in the state check out the DEEP website.