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Police fatally shoot bear in Newton

Posted by Jack Pickell  June 2, 2013 08:47 AM

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Early Sunday morning, police shot and killed a bear that was in a tree in Newton near the Mass Turnpike.

The bear was on a limb above the highway in a tree located at the intersection of Washington and Eddy Streets in Newton.

A police officer was elevated by a fire truck ladder to reach the bear. The officer fired two tranquilizer darts at the bear, but the darts failed to subdue the animal.

Police on the scene said the decision was then made to kill the bear due to public safety concerns. The bear was shot out of the trees, falling onto train tracks below, then shot again.

Newton police plan to make an official statement later today

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