A portion of a Massachusetts highway was shut down while state wildlife officials moved a family of bears that had set up a den in the median.
State police shut down a stretch of Route 2 in Templeton on Thursday morning while state environmental police tranquilized the mother bear and relocated her and her cubs to a safer location in a nearby state forest.
Authorities say the bears had to be moved as a precaution to ensure their own safety as well as the safety of motorists.
Route 2 is a four-lane highway in that area and was shut down for about 45 minutes.
State police tweeted that “everything went beary well” with the move.
Everything went beary well! Mother 🐻 was tranquilized. Mother & cubs have been relocated to a safe location by @MAEnviroPolice & MassWildlife in nearby State Forest.
Thank you all for your patience in #MAtraffic while we made this happen. pic.twitter.com/W0QxsIenKQ— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) March 14, 2019