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Traveling black bear is close to Cape’s end

He has gone about as far as he could. State wildlife officials said Wednesday that they are prepared to immobilize and relocate the black bear that has been bumbling through backyards and cranberry bogs for over a week on Cape Cod.

“This bear has literally reached the end of the line in terms of terrain,” said Reginald Zimmerman, a spokesman for the state’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. “We are looking for an opportunity to capture and relocate the bear off of the Cape.”

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Zimmerman said the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has been preparing for a scenario in which it would trap or tranquilize the bear in the interest of public safety. Zimmerman said the bear would be moved to an environment with other bears.

“It’s the best thing for him, too,” he said.

The bear showed up about 2 p.m. Wednesday in Provincetown, authorities said.

At least two people saw the bear walking along Route 6 and then veering off into the Cape Cod National Seashore, police said.

“There’s nowhere else for him to go,” said Provincetown police Sergeant Carrie Lopes. “He’s somewhere in the national park now.”

The bear was seen in Orleans on Friday. The peripatetic black bear has been spotted in numerous Cape towns since May 27 and is thought to be the same one that frequented much of Southeastern Massachusetts last summer.

Officials say he probably got to the Cape by swimming across the Cape Cod Canal.

Colin A. Young can be reached at colin.young@globe.com.
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