The quest to capture a hungry bear roaming the woods in one Chester County town was wearing on for days. Cops in Valley Township were urging residents not to go looking for the bear, and to keep garage doors closed, lest it go foraging in there too.
It turns out that stale leftovers from a nearby Dunkin’ Donuts were key – a bear necessity, if you will – in finally baiting the bear into a cage this week, police Chief Brian Newhall said.
The bear was first spotted Thursday, and police spent the following days gathering residents’ reports of sightings and damaged bird feeders, and plotting them on a map, to best guess where the bear would be.
The department announced the Monday night capture in a pun-laden Facebook post Tuesday. Workers from the Pennsylvania Game Commission told Newhall that before the capture, they’d need to run to Dunkin’. They didn’t ask if he wanted anything, either; they just needed plenty of donuts.
“I said OK you’re screwing with me, and they said no really, they’re sweet and apparently they have an odor to them” that the bear could smell.
The National Park Service says bears can smell food from 1-2 miles away, or an even longer distance with the right winds. Conservatively, a bear’s sense of smell is 2,000 times more fine-tuned than a human’s.
On Monday, after the bear was spotted emerging from woods near the Route 30 bypass, cops shooed it back from the road while keeping onlookers away from danger.
“We didn’t go…