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Wild bear chase captivates residents

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:37 PM
bvargo@grandhaventribune.com 616-842-6400 ext. 231

The wild bear chase started at 7:30 a.m. when Michigan DNR received a call about a 200-pound black bear that came ashore near a habitat restoration project at the old Standard Oil tank farm off of Lakeshore Drive in Muskegon.

The bear apparently went into the Muskegon Lake near the Bear Lake Channel and swam three to four mile across the lake. It was seen by several people in the scrub brush area near the lake.

Emergency officials hadn't spotted the bear since 9 a.m., but waited for wildlife officials to arrive with tranquilizer guns from Lansing. Once biologists from Lansing arrived, they decided to lear the area, and allow the bear to go back from whence he came.

Biologists said bears are not uncommon in Muskegon County, but are uncommon in the city of Muskegon. This bear, they say, made a wrong turn.

Read the full story in Tuesday's Tribune.

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