(CAPE COD, Mass.) — 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 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 Thursday.
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.
Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio
Ralph Ellis, Ashley Fantz, Faith Karimi and Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN
Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com
Paul R. La Monica, CNN