Bear hit with tranquilizer dart runs into pond, drowns

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Posted: Sep 23, 2015 7:10 PM

DAYTON, Nev. (AP) — Efforts to corral a black bear at a Nevada golf course came to a grim end when wildlife officials tranquilized the animal and it ran into a pond and drowned.

Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says the 300-pound male bear was wandering Monday evening through the Dayton Valley Golf Club, about 15 miles east of Carson City.

Wildlife officials and Lyon County sheriff's deputies decided to tranquilize the bear because of its proximity to people in the area.

Healy told the Reno Gazette-Journal(http://tinyurl.com/p6xsvql) that when the bear was hit by the dart, it ran through some yards and into the pond, where it started to swim before slipping beneath the surface.

Attempts to rescue the animal were unsuccessful. Its body was recovered Tuesday.

Healy says the bear previously was captured in the communities of Incline Village and Gardnerville.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com