Young Black Bear Caught Near Oregon Elementary School, Tranquilized and Released into the Wild

MEDFORD, Ore., Oct. 15 (UPI) — A young black bear was tranquilized and safely released into the wild after it was found near an elementary school in Medford, Ore., a wildlife official said.

Mark Vargas, Rogue District wildlife biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the appearance of the 90-pound bear near Lone Pine Elementary School prompted a precautionary lock-down of the school’s students, the Medford (Ore.) Mail Tribune said Thursday.

The young bear, tranquilized while in a small tree Wednesday, was safely loaded into a Fish and Wildlife pickup and released into national forestland more than 60 miles outside the city.

“This went really well,” Vargas said. “The police had everybody back far enough that there wasn’t a human-safety issue. The bear came out of the tree gently.”

Wednesday’s appearance by the black bear came after another bear was spotted in Medford’s Hawthorne Park on Sept. 21.

The Mail Tribune said that bear, which was approximately the same size as Wednesday’s unwanted school visitor, drowned in Bear Creek after being tranquilized by wildlife biologists.

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