A bear first sited early Wednesday morning near I-95 in Claymont and near Concord Pike is now on the loose in Alapocas, state wildlife officials warned.
Reports located the bear’s whereabouts this morning in Trolley Square where it was tracked by police with drones. By afternoon the animal found its way back across the Brandywine River to Alapocas Run State Park.
Following confirmation of the bear’s whereabouts in the wooded preserve, DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation closed the Wilmington park “until further notice due to the sighting of a black bear in the park.”
State officials said all sightings of the bear should be dialed into the Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police 24-hour dispatch line at 800-523-3336 to help track its movements and to help locate the bear to enable a proper response.
The wildlife agency said attempts will be made to live-capture the bear if located and transport it to more suitable habitat out of state within the bear’s normal range.