Some are calling him Wellington the Bear.

Punsters have nicknamed him Aurora Bearialis. But folks in Aurora yesterday were abuzz over the young black bear that took up residence in a tall willow tree.

“I just didn’t want anybody to hurt him,” said one bashful youngster who watched the mini-drama unfold in downtown Aurora.

In the end, Warren May, a biologist with the Ministry of Natural Resources, jabbed the bear with a tranquilizer syringe at the end of a long pole, eventually putting the young animal to sleep.

He explained that young bears “tend to move around” and this one may well have been in Newmarket a day earlier “and moved his way down here.”

Officials said the bear would be released into the wild north of Barrie after biologists are satisfied he’s healthy and undamaged.

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