Black Bear Spotted on the Loose in Philadelphia

A black bear scavenges for food beside tourists near the famous General Sherman tree at the Sequoia National Park in Central California on October 10, 2009.

A black bear remains on the loose early Wednesday morning in Philadelphia, roaming around the train tracks near a rail line and weaving in and out of the woods.

The bear, which weighs about 100 pounds, did not impact rail service but did cause a lot of buzz around the area, CBS Philadelphia reported.

The search for the bear prompted authorities and a chopper to come find the bear.

“I was working in the brewery, heard a lot of commotion. Heard a lot of choppers, came outside. [Police] told us to get back inside because there was a bear on the loose,” an employee said.

The Philadelphia Police posted a tongue-in-cheek status update asking the public to report any bear sightings to the authorities.

People spotted another bear rumbling through a dumpster on Thursday in the Philadelphia area, but it is unclear whether both bear sightings are connected.

Officials say they are not sure whether this bear is the same one that was spotted on Wednesday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.


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