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Black Bear Spotted in Provincetown is First-Ever on Cape Cod: VIDEO


Visitors to Cape Cod's gay mecca Provincetown are likely to see plenty of bears there, just not real ones! The first bear ever spotted on Cape Cod has made its way up to the tip of the Cape and was caught on camera in Ptown on Friday.

Watch interviews with Ptown residents and an actual clip of the bear, AFTER THE JUMP...

The Cape Cod Times:

The wandering ursine, who first showed his furry self in Sandwich over Memorial Day weekend, has beguiled the Cape as he trekked up 6A and landed in its outermost town late last week.

Locals have gone bonkers for the bear, with sightings reported by multiple people, their friends or friends of friends. The latest was Friday evening when the bear made his way to the Pilgrim Monument parking lot and the adjacent Alden Street, in the heart of the town.

Wildlife officials last week expressed concern that the bear had reached the relatively crowded confines of Provincetown and said they planned to capture the animal and take it off Cape.

One of the videos posted on YouTube shows a large bear trap that officials placed in the woods, but recent reports say the attempt to capture it have been called off:

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife spokeswoman Marion Larson says officials changed their strategy because the animal hasn’t gotten into trouble. She says officials “were probably over-thinking it” when coming up with the idea of capturing the bear, thought to be a male around three years old. Larson says the mere presence of a bear doesn’t constitute a public safety threat.

Watch interviews with Ptown residents and an actual clip of the bear, AFTER THE JUMP...

P.S. - That other Bear Week starts July 7.



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  1. aww all those bears seem so sweet

    Posted by: Pkhouris | Jun 11, 2012 9:45:36 AM

  2. I bet that wild bear is a lot friendlier and less catty than the usual "bears" you encounter in Ptown.

    Posted by: Robert | Jun 11, 2012 10:27:59 AM

  3. Which means that this year, P-Town will be unbearable.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 11, 2012 10:39:34 AM

  4. Bear with it.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 11, 2012 11:30:48 AM

  5. Perfect! Great job on this post and the videos are, well...PERFECT.

    Posted by: Alan | Jun 11, 2012 11:32:38 AM

  6. Wait... I'm confused... it the bear in the first video the wild one, or is it the second? 'cause, I'm sorry to say that first one doesn't look like anything so much as my ex-husband, Larry. He was always lurking in the bushes, tongue out and drooling at the men passing by too.

    Posted by: Mommie Dammit | Jun 11, 2012 12:35:41 PM

  7. Back in 1998, I had a pair of coyotes cross Route-6A in broad-daylight out on the Cape just east of Brewster. And it wasn't even Antiquing Season yet.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Jun 11, 2012 2:37:17 PM

  8. @Ted,

    I live in Boston [inside the city, not a suburb] and there are coyote sightings all the time. I think they hide during the day in a big cemetery. They even caught one a while back in the south end down by south bay!

    There are bears all over MA, I can't believe one on the cape would be that unusual, but P-Town is way out there, isolated on the tip. I always wonder how these guys manage to hide from humans. For these wild animals to make as far as Boston, they would have had to travel through very populated areas, over bridges, tunnels, etc.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 11, 2012 5:12:51 PM

  9. That's silly! Black Bears have always been part of the Ptown they just have company searching for meat...

    Posted by: Bryan | Jun 11, 2012 10:45:35 PM

  10. they are adorable. we're ruining their planet with over populating because humans don't grasp NOT HAVING CHILDREN if you can't provide for them. close your legs!

    Posted by: Aaron K. | Jun 12, 2012 3:34:03 AM

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