Lehigh Valley

Bear spotting keeps Parkland students inside school

Bear later found eating trash, captured for relocation to another part of Pa.

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - A Pennsylvania Game Commission officer has captured a bear that kept students at Parkland High School in Lehigh County indoors Tuesday.

School officials said staff was notified that a bear was seen in the area around 9:45 a.m. Teachers were instructed not to conduct classes outside.

State police confirmed a bear was seen in the area of Coffeetown and Shankweiler roads in North Whitehall Township, Lehigh County.

A game commission officer later found the bear eating trash behind Jaindl company property in Orefield and managed to tranquilize it, according to Cheryl Trewella, a commission spokeswoman.

The bear, which appeared to be approximately 150 pounds, will be relocated to another part of Pennsylvania, Trewella said.

As of 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, school officials said the district was resuming normal activity for the rest of the day.


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