Applaud Police Officers for Safely Managing Wild Bear


Target:  Lt. Eric Over

Goal: Thank police officers for taking precautionary measures to ensure safety of wild bear

Recently, a wild 150-pound black bear was spotted in a densely populated area of Maryland. The Rockville Police were called to deal with the wild bear, and they were able to safely catch him.

The black bear had been spotted in various areas in Bethesda, Maryland, and was running through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus. Initially, when the police arrived on scene, the bear was perched up in a tree near the NIH campus. The officers were afraid of shooting the bear with tranquilizers while it was in the tree, due to the great distance the bear was from the ground. They decided on shooting several rounds of ammunition nearby to scare the bear down from the tree. However, once the bear was lured down, it ran off into the woods and it took the Rockville Police nearly half an hour to finally find and tranquilize the bear. Once the bear had lost consciousness, it was safely carried away on a stretcher.

According to Lt. Eric Over, the bear was not aggressive and the responding police team’s main objective was to safely secure and relocate the bear back to its natural habitat. The extra time and effort that the police team invested toward the safe capture of this bear is not always practiced. Too often, there are cases about wild animals unfortunately being killed for the sake of human safety. In most of those circumstances, the deaths of the wild animals can be prevented; however, due to lack of time and effort, the animals are dealt with in the quickest manner, which is in most cases death for the animal.

The black bear will be relocated to a less populated area, where it will be safe from human encounters. Please sign the petition below to applaud the precautionary measures that the police officials have taken in regard to carefully capturing and transporting the wild bear.


Dear Lt. Eric Over,

Thank you very much for your effective and humane method of capturing and transporting the black bear that was roaming around the National Institutes of Health campus. Bears have been running out of space to live in the wild, and in effect have been running onto human establishments. This poses a problem for both humans’ and bears’ safety. Balancing the actions that are required to honor the safety of both sides of the matter is often a difficult task, and you have proven how effectively this issue can be resolved.

Thank you for setting a great example of protecting wildlife effectively. Please keep it up with the safe handling of wild animals.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Skip Dickstein via Times Union Archive

Sign the Petition

  • Only your name will be displayed. By signing, you accept our terms and may receive updates on this and related causes.
FacebookCare2 NewsTwitterEmailShare

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Facebook Comments


245 Signatures

  • Janet Delaney
  • Jill Ballard
  • Alice Rim
  • Amy Wilson
  • joan walker
  • sheila childs
  • Chris Verhaegen
  • Erin Borozny
  • Holly Hall
  • Jill Thompson
1 of 25123...25
Skip to toolbar