Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Black bear captured in West Hempfield Township

With the assistance of local fire units, the Pennsylvania Game Commission captured a black bear in West Hempfield Township Tuesday evening May 31, 2022. Ashley Bierman was inside her home in the 3100 block of Greenriidge Drive Tuesday evening, when a neighbor came to her door telling her that a bear had just run into her back yard. Ashley and her husband Dan, who had just arrived home, went to take a look but didn't initially see the bear. Ashley said that as a game commission officer approached with a tranquilizer gun, the bear ran up a tree in her next-door neighbor's yard. She said the bear became immobilized after being tranquilized while still in the tree. Fire units were called to the scene shortly after 8:00 p.m., and firefighters in a ladder truck used chainsaws to cut back the tree, according to Ashley Bierman. 

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