From staff reports
SHERIDAN — A young black bear made its way into city limits west of Sheridan College over the weekend, and the Sheridan Police Department closed the nearby walking path Monday and is asking residents to avoid the area.
Lt. Tom Ringley reported SPD placed barriers at the entrance to that section of walking path, located at Brundage Avenue and Wetlands Drive on one end and Coffeen Avenue at the other.
The walking path will remain closed until at least Tuesday morning, when Ringley said SPD would coordinate with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to locate the bear and reevaluate the path closure.
Ringley said all large game animals fall under the purview of the WGFD. Because this black bear is not having any conflicts with humans, Game and Fish has decided for the time being not to relocate the bear. The SPD does not have the authority or means to relocate the animal.
WGFD Public Information Specialist Bud Stewart said the department is tracking the bear and waiting for an opportunity to trap the animal. But that could only happen in a safe area away from people, or if the bear climbs a tree or isolates itself in some way.
“We may never get the opportunity (to trap the bear),” he said. “If not, we hope he moves west back toward the mountain and back into the Bighorns on his own.”
The SPD asks anyone who sees a potentially dangerous large game animal to call the police at 672-2431.