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Bearly believable

Police pursue bear in borough

Police pursue bear in borough

November 14, 2006|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A large black bear that wandered the streets of Waynesboro on Sunday managed to elude police and Pennsylvania State Game Commission officers, according to a spokeswoman from the Waynesboro Police.

Police report that they were first notified of the bear's presence in the borough after it crossed the path of Officer Bryan Teets.

Kim Green, chief secretary for Waynesboro Police, said Teets was driving in the 200 block of East Main Street (Pa. 16) when the bear crossed the street in front of his patrol car. Green said Teets followed the bear into Burns Hill Cemetery across from McDonald's and onto Highland Avenue where he lost sight of it.

The police department notified the Pennsylvania Game Commission which sent an officer to assist in the situation.

After searching for the bear for more than an hour, the police said they were advised by the game commission officer that if left alone, the bear would find its way back into the woods.

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Police report the black bear was last seen in area of Highland and Mount Airy Avenues on Sunday.

Officers from the Game Commission involved in the search were unavailable for comment Sunday.

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