Newry Fire Chief Bruce Pierce and his neighbors were among those whose backyards were recently ransacked by one of the pesky 250-pound animals.
, who lives on Sunday River Road, left home early Tuesday morning to battle a blaze in Rumford only to return at about 6:30 a.m. and find a bear caught in a trap outside his
"I didn't expect anything.
I figured I left the trap open and if it happened, it happened.
If it didn't, it didn't," Pierce said.
neighbors moved the trap around the area for weeks in hopes of catching the bear.
baited it one last time and was actually awaiting Maine Game Wardens to pick it up sometime last week.
The bear was first encountered at Outward Bound across the road from his
home a few weeks ago where it broke into a recycling building and later went after food tied up in a tree.
said the bear then made its way across the road into his
pig pen before heading across the road to homes along Monkey Brook Road.