It's the summer of the bear. Bizarre bear sightings have been reported from around North America. From a graduation ceremony to the vacation towns on Cape Cod, click through to see some of the most unusual places the furry creatures have been spotted.
|Black Bear Summers in Cape Cod|
A 200-pound black bear has become the most well known resident summering on Cape Cod.
The bear first appeared over Memorial Day weekend and has now been spotted more than a dozen times. It is believed to have reached the Cape by swimming approximately 500 feet across the Cape Cod Canal.
Officials say research dating back to the 1700s indicates it is the first bear ever to appear on the Cape, and in what has become a prerequisite for all animals on the run, it already has its own Twitter account with more than 1,300 followers.
"My affair with Cape Cod will not end #IAmHome," @BearSwimmer tweeted.
Unfortunately for the bear, if wildlife officials have their way his vacation might be coming to an abrupt end. Now that the bear has reached the end of the Cape, officials say they may try to immobilize it and move it to an area where there are other bears.
|Bear Cubs for Sale ... at a Gas Station|
A Nevada County, Calif., man allegedly tried to sell two bear cubs at a gas station, much like a dog owner would sell a litter of puppies.
Chris Puett said he found the cubs in a tree after he shot an adult bear, which he said charged at him, on his property.
"I'm sitting out there, shaking like a leaf," Puett told ABC News affiliate KXTV in Sacramento. "I just shot a bear. I didn't want to shoot the bear."
Puett denied he was trying to sell the cubs and said he was hoping to find them a home at a wildlife refuge.
A customer at the gas station alerted the Department of Fish and Game poacher hotline.
Puett reportedly fled with the two cubs. Police caught up with him at home and confiscated the cubs, which are now being cared for at a wildlife center.
No arrests were made.
|Bear Takes a Dip in the Pool|
When it comes to a long holiday weekend, it turns out even bears want in on the fun.
Such was the case in a Los Angeles suburb Monday when two teenage sisters celebrating the Memorial Day holiday spotted a surprise guest in their backyard.
Taking a relaxed, leisurely dip in their family's swimming pool was none other than a black bear, the sisters, Rachel and Valerie Gaspirini, told local TV station KTLA.
"It kind of like walks over to the pool, and we thought it was going to drink some water," Rachel told the station of what the pair saw from the window of their Monrovia, Calif., home. "It ends up jumping in the ledge, and it's kind of like floating around there, chilling." Read the full story
|Bear Goes to College|
A bear that climbed a tree at the University of Colorado campus in Boulder has been taken back to the mountains.
Campus officials responded to a call of a bear wandering around Thursday morning near the Bear Creek Apartments, according to The Associated Press.
Officials tranquilized the 200-pound bear and it fell onto a large mat.
|Black Bear Snacks on Murderer|
A black bear pulled the dead body of a convicted murderer from his car on a remote road in British Columbia and dined on his remains.
Rory Wagner, 54, was on life parole after serving prison time for killing a man who he believed had sexually assaulted a family member.
It was too soon to tell how Wagner died, authorities said.
Officials euthanized the animal because bears remember food sources, Terry Lake, British Columbia's environment minister, told The Associated Press.
|Bear Disrupts Graduation|
A 200-pound black bear was seen roaming the grounds near Ramon Garza Elementary School in Bakersfield, Calif. A graduation ceremony was taking place at the time at the middle school next to Ramon Garza Elementary.
A teacher noticed the bear and then alerted officials, ABC News affiliate KERO reported. The school was later locked down.
Callers to 911 described the animal's movement through the school's campus parking lot and as it approached a nearby apartment complex.
Kern County Animal Control officials used a Taser to subdue the bear.
|Not on the Wedding Guest List|
A 3-year-old bear cut a Colorado couple's outdoor wedding reception short at Ridgway State Park in Colorado.
"He came across the river, across the bridge and came closer to us. He even came into the parking lot," Marianna Schmalz, the mother of the bride, told ABC News affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver.
Luckily, a ranger was a guest at the wedding and called for help.
Rangers estimated that a running bear can reach speeds of up to 30 mph, Schmalz said.