Bear scampers up backyard tree in Tampa neighborhood

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Posted: Jun 21, 2016 8:54 AM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Police officers have spotted a black bear that's been running loose in a Florida neighborhood.

Tampa police said in a news release that an officer spotted the bear while responding to an unrelated call in a quiet, residential neighborhood about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. At first, the officer thought it was a large dog. But when he realized it was a bear, he followed it.

Eventually, he saw the bear had climbed a tree in the back yard of a home. Several other officers responded.

Police and officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have cordoned off the area and a trapper is waiting to tranquilize the animal.

Police say no one in the neighborhood is in any danger. The bear will be returned to its natural habitat.