Unusual tourist visits Gettysburg

A black bear visited Gettysburg this morning and took a short rest in a tree on Baltimore St. across from the Adams County Courthouse.

Passersby first noticed the bear at about 8:00 a.m. quietly lounging on a branch of the tree. Dozens of people showed up with cameras. The Gettysburg Police Dept. cordoned off the block to car and pedestrian traffic.

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PA Dept of Natural Resource officials had tranquilized the animal by about 9:00. It quickly fell asleep and was gently pushed off the tree for a 15-foot drop into a waiting tarp.

DNR officials said they had seen occasional bears passing through the borough but never knew of one to climb a tree.

While experts say they may weigh up to 600 pounds and are rarely aggressive, black bears should not be approached.

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Jim Meyer
Jim Meyer
9 months ago

We should feel privileged to live in a area with the abundance of wildlife that we have in the area. Hopefully we will not have any mishaps as time goes on, please make room fore the wildlife.

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