Bear Posts Up in Tree, Draws a Crowd in Downtown Roanoke

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A black bear has been removed from a tree in downtown Roanoke after stumping city workers for hours and drawing a big crowd of onlookers.

The Roanoke Times reports (http://bit.ly/2qBC3kh ) the bear jumped from a parking garage into the tree. Around 100 people gathered to watch Monday afternoon as workers tried to get the animal down. Officers put up police tape to contain the crowd.

Fire-EMS spokeswoman Tiffany Bradbury says the bear was hit with at least two tranquilizers. Then a Department of Game and Inland Fisheries employee was hoisted up in a cherry picker and shook the branches until the bear dropped out into a tarp.

Bradbury says the animal is “just fine” and will be tagged and released.

The spectacle went on for more than four hours.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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