TEMPLETON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- A portion of Route 2 in Worcester County is back open a furry four-legged family was relocated from along the busy roadway.
Mass. State Police spokesperson David Procopio said Thursday morning, a mother bear and several cubs were found in a den they had established in the median of Route 2 in Templeton.
MassWildlife told Western Mass News that the adult female bear, that weighed about 200 pounds, had been previously outfitted with a GPS collar as part of a research study on Massachusetts bears.
Knowing that the bear had spent the winter in the median and had likely given birth to cubs, troopers - as well as MassWildlife and Mass. Environmental Police - went to the area to relocate the bear family for their safety and that of passing motorists.
Route 2 east and west were closed near exits 19 and 20 for a time while crews tranquilized the mother bear and moved her and the cubs - one male and one female, each eight pounds - to a safe area within a nearby wooded area.
The roadway has since reopened.
MassWildlife would like to remind residents that March is the month during which most bears emerge from their hibernation and look for food. In an effort to avoid conflict between people and bears, you are urged to take down bird-feeders and secure dumpsters and trash cans.
For more information on bears in Massachusetts, CLICK HERE.