Hopkinton bear proves popular on Facebook thanks to police images

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The bear was lumbering along the highway when police captured it on video

HOPKINTON − A black bear made its debut on social media after an encounter Thursday with a Hopkinton police sergeant.

Sergeant Ryan Percival was patrolling in a cruiser near Exit 7 of Interstate 95 when he spotted the “large” black bear weaving along the highway, according to a Facebook post from the Hopkinton Police Department.

“Due to the heavy fog, Sergeant Percival asked if he needed a ride,” the post said. “He asked if he was being held before fleeing into the woods.”

Percival managed to get a video of the bear before it sped away.

The post at least brought the bear some fame on social media. By early Friday afternoon, the post had been shared 118 times, received 83 comments and 665 responses, including 77 heart responses.

According to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, black bear sightings are increasing in Rhode Island.

More: It may not be unusual to spot a black bear in your RI yard soon. What to do if you see one.

Rhode Island is believed to have only “a handful” of black bears, all male, but the population here is likely to increase as the much higher bear populations in neighboring Connecticut and Massachusetts continue to grow and young bears leave “for a territory to call.” their own,” the DEM said after reported sightings this spring.