A black bear spent much of Thursday afternoon perched in a tree in Bethesda, Maryland, before being lured down and then escaping officers. The bear has been tranquilized and removed from the campus of the National Institutes of Health.
A black bear spent much of Thursday afternoon perched in a tree in Bethesda, Maryland, before being lured down and then escaping officers. The bear has now been tranquilized and removed from the campus of the National Institutes of Health.
The bear was initially spotted about 100 feet up in a tree at the NIH, located near the Medical Center Metro station, Thursday afternoon.
Maryland Natural Resources Police went to the scene and installed a fence around the base of the tree.
Officers fired several rounds of mini bottle rockets and firecrackers in an attempt to scare the bear down from the tree. It took several tries before the bear slowly climbed down.
Officers' hope had been to guide the bear toward the woods.
But it seems the bear had a different idea. The animal slipped through a gap in the fence and evaded officers.
Chopper4 attempted to follow its path through the woods on the NIH campus.
Officers chased the bear with tranquilizer guns for about 25 minutes before finding it and firing tranquilizer darts.
They waited about 10 more minutes for the bear to pass out before they began the process of relocating it shortly before 3:30 p.m. The bear was then loaded onto a small truck and driven through the NIH campus.
Crews hadn't wanted to shoot the bear with the tranquilizer gun while in the tree because the distance from the ground was too high.
The bear was transferred to a larger vehicle in order to be relocated.