Bear Captured in Blue Bell

A black bear that wandered through the yards of several Franconia Township residents made its way to Blue Bell.

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    Bill Hodson
    NBC10 viewer Bill Hodson captured a picture of a black bear that cut through his yard and headed toward Long Mill Road in Franconia Township.

    The black bear spotted by several people in Franconia Township, Montgomery County earlier in the week has been caught in Blue Bell.

    The Pennsylvania Game Commission told NBC10 the bear is a young male. The bear was captured once before and released in Schuylkill County, but made its way back to Montgomery County, according to the Game Commission.

    The bear has been tranquilized and will be released into the wild on Sunday.

    Bill and Donna Hodson were the first people to see the bear which they say wandered through their yard in Franconia Township Thursday morning.

    “He wasn’t aggressive at all,” said Donna. “He was just ambling through, kind of lost, not provoked, not aggressive.”

    “He stayed on all fours,” said Bill. “He was walking across here. You can see where he trampled through.”

    Bill took pictures while his wife called 911. Game Commission officials say they were able to track the bear to Blue Bell.