Bears caused police operation in Tallinn suburb

The bears spotted in the Haabersti city district of Tallinn evaded capture on Thursday and also remained elusive during a search early on Friday morning.

At 9:02 a.m. on Thursday, the rescue service was alerted by a resident who had sighted bears on a health trail in the area. The rescue service and the police mounted a rescue operation in Haabersti on Thursday evening to capture two bears believed to be moving around in the area of the Open Air Museum and Rannamoisa Road.

The operation was aimed at putting the animals to sleep and taking them to a forest.

The rescue operation was halted due to darkness on Thursday evening and resumed at 3:30 a.m. on Friday with both drones and dogs used in the search of the two young bears. Despite the efforts, the animals were not located and are thought to have left the area.

The Rescue Board is asking residents who sight a bear or bears to immediately inform about it by making a call to the emergency number 112. The search will resume as soon as new information emerges.

Residents of the area are advised not to stay outdoors if possible and make sure there is no food waste in the vicinity of their house.

Rescuers trying to direct bears from Tallinn to the wild without hurting them.

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