NEWTON (CBS) – A bear was spotted in Newton overnight and it quickly became the talk of the city.
The first sighting of the adult black bear was reported in the Crystal Lake area around 6 a.m. Tuesday. Authorities believe it came into town along the MBTA’s Green Line tracks.READ MORE: Pop-Up Clinic Held In Mattapan, Where COVID Vaccination Rate Remains Low
A second person called Animal Control around 9 p.m. saying the bear was on Centre Street. A short time later it was up in a tree there.
Police were called in and an officer monitored the area overnight. By 5 a.m. Wednesday, authorities said the bear was gone.
“We had an officer that was monitoring the area but somehow it eluded the officer and it moved on,” said Police Lt. Bruce Apotheker.READ MORE: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
“We were over in the park with the dog and everybody was talking about it,” one woman told WBZ-TV “It is unusual. We don’t usually see it this close. We feel like we live in the city, close to Boston but maybe not so much.”
She added, with a laugh, “It’s sort of a fun surprise, as long as you don’t run into it on the street.”MORE NEWS: Provincetown COVID Cluster Climbs To 430 Cases; 342 Are Massachusetts Residents
If you see it, do not approach the bear, please call police.