VALLEY TOWNSHIP — The Pennsylvania Game Commission captured an elusive bear near the Chester County Airport Monday night that had been spotted recently in several locations in Caln, Valley and West Caln townships.
Officials of the state Game Commission put out a trap baited with doughnuts and the bear took the bait and was captured at 9:45 p.m. The bear, estimated to stand about 3 feet tall, weighing around 150 pounds, was not injured.
Last week, the West Caln Township Police Department received several calls in reference to the elusive bear in the area of the 200 block of N. Sandy Hill Road and later in the 700 block of Cedar Knoll Road. A bear was also photographed on the grounds of the Coatesville Veterans Administration Medical Center. The Pennsylvania Game Commission was called in and had been fielding tips from residents ever since.
It is unknown if the bear is the same one spotted in the 300 block of South Five Points Road in West Goshen Township recently, or the one sighted last week in the area of Poor House Road in West Bradford Township.
On average, black bears live 20 years in the wild. Black bears are omnivores that eat grasses, plants, fruits, insects, honey, small mammals, herbs, fruit, and fish. Black bear are the smallest of bear species in North America