Bear comes to city, will get escort back to woods

AP News
Posted: Jun 11, 2014 1:01 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife biologists say a bear that appeared to wander into a Portland neighborhood will sleep off a dose of tranquilizers and then get an escort back to the woods.

Bears are not unknown in the Portland area, but wildlife officials said they didn't know of one being in so urban a neighborhood.

The 125-pound, 2-year-old male bear caused a stir early Wednesday as police tracked it through several yards, and it climbed a tree. A wildlife officer shot it with a tranquilizer dart. Firefighters lowered it with ropes.

A biologist decided it was likely disoriented and not a problem bear expecting food or habituated to humans. So, it's been caged and will be released in an "undisclosed location" in the forest.