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Bear cub spotted in Bensalem

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What was all the commotion about on Bensalem Blvd. in the vicinity of the Pa Turnpike today, May 23 2014, just before 9;00 a.m.? A bear cub was spotted and cops were trying to track it so a game warden could come and take it to it's natural habitat. The incident happened when a neighbor saw the Bear cub in the vicinity of Edge Ave. While no evacuations were called for, residents were urged to stay indoors.

As police had the bear under surviellance, he crossed Bensalem Blvd. and authorities were worried he might try to get on the Pa Turnpike, but that did not happen. Instead, the bear outsmarted thecops and escaped. In fact, Bensalem Police joked about it on their Facebook page, saying this bear was smarter than the average cop. That may be true. No one wanted to get too close to this animal so he was able to give the cops the slip.

Bensalem Police said that the bear most probably was foraging for food. The advised residents to keep their trash and grills covered. Bears will smell this and gravitate to the area. They generally are scared of humans but they have been known to attack people. If you do spot a bear it is highly advisable that you keep your distance from it and do not approach to pet or feed it.

Bensalem Police put in a call to a State Game Warden but the bear was gone before he could arrive. With the advent of township councils giving building permits to any developer that asks for one, more and more natural habitat is getting destroyed. This means we can look forward to more encounters with wildlife.

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