Cape Cod's Elusive Black Bear Captured

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Summer season on Cape Cod just started over Memorial Day weekend but the party is already over for the Cape's most famous, four-legged visitor.

The 200-pound black bear who became the most well-known resident summering on Cape Cod has been captured and transported away, the Cape Cod Times reports.

Wellfleet, Mass., police confirmed to the paper that the bear was captured Monday night after a sighting earlier that day that reenergized their search. Officials also reportedly heightened their search after becoming concerned that tourists and locals were driving around in search of the bear on their own.

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The bear first appeared over Memorial Day weekend and was 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 did not release details of the bear's capture or where it will be relocated but a local resident described last night's scene to the Cape Cod Times.

"There was a bunch of guys with a stretcher … to carry it out it took all of them working with real coordination," Wellfleet resident Lezli Rowell said. "…They were feeding it with water because it was going to be dehydrated from this type of medication, and the main concern was getting it safely and comfortably to a safe place where it has space to live well."

Officials say research dating back to the 1700s indicates it is the first bear 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 last week.

ABC News' Ben Forer and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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