A family of bears that set up a den in the median of a Massachusetts highway caused the highway to be shut down this morning.

Massachusetts state police shut down a four-lane section of Route 2 in Templeton, Massachusetts for roughly 45 minutes while wildlife officials moved the bears.

State environmental police tranquilized the mother bear and relocated her and her cubs to a nearby state forest.

Officials said they needed to move the bears for the safety of both the bears and motorists.