'Bosco' the Bear Captured, Will Be Released Back Into Wild

Schools locked down during dramatic Linwood Ave bear capture; small bear fell 20 feet after struck by tranquilizer dart but should be fine, officials say

They finally caught Bosco.

The black bear Ridgewood and Ho-Ho-Kus police were tracking for the last few days was captured Thursday after Ridgewood officers chased the 16-month-old male into a tree near the corner of Linwood Avenue and Hampton Place.

Ridgewood Police received a call about the bear at 11 a.m., and used noisemakers, whistles and "bangs," loud projectiles, to scare the bear into a tree. A team of police officers, firefighters (as well as the chiefs of the two forces), Tyco Animal Control workers and Mayor Keith Killion held nets while waiting for the effects of a tranquilizer dart to take hold.

After the dart was fired, it seemed to have no effect. The bear, nicknamed "Bosco" by Ridgewood Police, only climbed higher up the tree, to about 40 feet.

But after a few anxious moments, the bear slipped, drawing a gasp from a gathering of about 20 people watching the proceedings. It fell about 20 feet, got caught on a branch and fell the rest of the way down into the net. 

Police Chief John Ward said the bear appeared unharmed. "He'll wake up with a little bit of a headache," Ward said.

Officials from the state Division of Fish and Wildlife was on hand to tag and tattoo the animal, which will be released back into the wild somewhere in western New Jersey.

Officials locked down Ridgewood schools until about 2:30 p.m., when the bear was safely in custody.

The Flea May 20, 2011 at 08:43 PM
Chalk up some good PR for the mayor! A photo by Mr. Boyd Loving too! It's nice to know our mayor has a real hands on approach. Didn't he also help out recently when a pedestrian was struck somewhere in town? We're certainly getting our moneys worth and are lucky to have him.
Mic May 20, 2011 at 10:43 PM
Sorta reminded me of Putin posing with the tiger.
Michael Sedon May 20, 2011 at 11:24 PM
That little guy would make more of a bath mat than a rug.
Danny May 21, 2011 at 12:03 AM
what about the little dudes mother? at 16 months ive got to imagine his mother isnt too far away....are there other bears roaming around? bears own.
Anonymous Guy May 23, 2011 at 03:50 PM
Bears typically leave mom around 2. Females wander anywhere from 2-15 miles for their territory and males anywhere from 8-60 miles. so simple answer would be YES there are more bears wandering around!


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