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Black Bear Captured In Downtown Tacoma

(CBS Seattle) — A 220-pound female black bear roaming downtown Tacoma has been captured and released.

The bear had visited Point Defiance Park, Ruston Way and Stadium High School before wildlife officials caught her downtown, according to the News Tribune. The animal was shot in the shoulder with a dart filled with sedatives. Officials say it took about ten minutes before the drugs kicked in. Then after starting to climb a nearby tree, the bear collapsed and fell down.

Sgt. Ted Jackson of the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife says the bear was moved back into the woods Thursday afternoon.

Surprisingly to many, the bear did not cause any problems during the four-day excursion in the city; no pets were attacked by it and no trash cans were ravaged by the animal.

The bear was first seen on Sunday at Lake Steilacoom before it reached the city’s North End, according to the News Tribune.

 

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