Bear Turns Suburban Pennsylvania Neighbourhood into Personal Playground


The tranquil, suburban serenity of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania was abruptly disrupted Tuesday when a juvenile black bear decided to turn this quiet neighbourhood into its private playground.

The youthful bear made its presence known around lunchtime, interrupting the daily routines of the residents and piquing the curiosity of local high schoolers — who were promptly advised to stay indoors. Naturally, the leisurely visit led to the immediate closure of a nearby road as well, as reported by

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In response, a conglomerate of local authorities — including wildlife, public safety, and rescue officials — coordinated a meticulous plan to safely remove the bear from its unexpected perch. They employed a fire and rescue ladder truck to ascend to the bear’s level, positioned high up in a tree. Expertly navigating the precarious height, the officials managed to deliver a tranquilizing shot, inducing the bear into a peaceful slumber.

Once the bear had been sedated, it embarked on a rather theatrical 20-foot descent, caught gracefully by the expansive embrace of a bright blue tarpaulin. This dramatic drop was choreographed and executed by several on-the-ground conservation officials, police, and firefighters.

Sleep still lingering in its eyes, the bear was delicately placed into a specialized bear trap that awaited it on a nearby trailer. Deemed not fully grown by game officials, the bear elicited a certain air of innocence and sympathy among the gathered crowd. Discussions ensued about the relocation of the disoriented and sleepy guest, and it was decided that the bear would likely be transported to the abundant state land elsewhere in central Pennsylvania.

The previously quiet suburban scape returned to its uninterruptable rhythm, bearing a vague sense of excitement and a story that would warrant a chuckle at the next neighbourhood cookout. Despite the surprise visit and disruption, there was perhaps a mutual sigh of relief knowing our black bear guest would soon wake up to the lush greens of state land and the comforting familiarity of fellow wild companions.

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Melinda Cochrane is a poet, teacher and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, Melinda Cochrane International books for aspiring writers, based out Montreal, Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller's list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, (regular writer for) ‘Life as a Human’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.