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Aurora Bearialis lights up city

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

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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