The Michigan DNR and Grand Rapids Police Department had to work together last week to relocate a bear that decided to come visit the city.
Spring seems to have finally come to Michigan because the bears are out and one wandered just a bit too far south last week.
The Grand Rapids Police Department was no doubt surprised to get a call of a black bear wandering the streets last Thursday morning. Within 20 minutes of first being reported, the young male ran up a tree and fell asleep near the intersection of Deloney and Dayton around 9:50 a.m.
The west side of GR has a furry visitor asleep in a tree near Deloney and Dayton. This medium sized wild bear will soon be in the safe hands of the DNR who are onscene. pic.twitter.com/b9zpjk9a80
— Grand Rapids Police (@GrandRapidsPD) May 3, 2018
A few hours later the Michigan Department of Natural Resources tranquilized the bear. It was then transported up to an area further north and released back into the wild.
DNR spokesman John Niewoonder told WoodTV.com there were reports of a bear west of the city a few days earlier. Bear sightings in the area are uncommon, but not unheard of.
"We have had bears in here that kind of run through and we kind of chase them. I personally have not dealt with one in Grand Rapids. We've had them in Greenville and different areas, but this is by far the most urban area that we've had," Niewoonder told the news station.
The DNR believes the young bruin simply got confused and lost after waking up from hibernation and that's how it ended up so far south. This animal's relocation is the latest in a series of lost bruins ending up farther south of their core areas in northern Michigan the last few years.