It’s winter, and a black bear has taken to the streets of Chicago.
The animals’ cause for life is as yet unknown.
But on Saturday night, a young black bear decided to go out on the streets and cause mayhem.
The bear was found on the street near Lincoln Avenue and State Street, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.
He was later found dead at a nearby animal hospital.
Chicago police have not yet named the bear, but say he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
“There’s no doubt that the black bear was out of control,” said Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk of the Chicago Police Department.
He said the bear was believed to have been intoxicated and was not acting in a menacing manner.
Chicago Police Officer Michael McCarthy, who has been with the department for nine years, said the department is treating the incident as an isolated incident.
“I think that it is an isolated act that may have been the result of some sort of drug use,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy said the bears have never been a problem.
“In fact, the department has had two black bears in the past six months,” he said.
“One of those bears was a male that was about two years old and the other one was about three years old.”
McCarthy said it’s unknown whether the bear had a history of drug or alcohol use before he was found dead on Saturday.
The department’s investigation is ongoing.
Police officers are asked to stay away from the bears and call 911 if they see them acting suspiciously.