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Black Bear Captured In Erie Released Back Into The Wild

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A dramatic scene on Erie's west side Tuesday.
A black bear, seen wandering in Millcreek and Erie for a few weeks is spotted again, and this time, he's captured.

It's a scene you don't see everyday, especially in the city.
But, after a wild afternoon of chasing a bear, all ends peacefully.

Someone spotted the black bear Tuesday afternoon around 1:00, in the area of west 39th and Raspberry, and called authorities.
They think it's the same bear that's been spotted wandering around Millcreek neighborhoods the past couple of weeks.

Erie's animal enforcement officer, and a county wildlife conservation officer tracked the bear to a neighborhood today, a few blocks off of Peach street.
The bear climbed a tree.
That's when the wildlife officer tranquilized it.
The bear then fell asleep in the tree, with some help eventually came down.
It wasn't believed to be hurt, and after a check up, it'll be set free in the wild.

"We're going to take him to the game lands. We'll make sure he's okay, I have to process him and get an age and stuff like that, get some measurements. Then, as soon as he wakes up he'll go out on his own and he'll just wander away and live happily ever after," said Wildlife Conservation Officer, Mike Girosky.

It certainly wasn't a typical day on the job for Erie's animal enforcement officer, "Outskirts yeah, but this doesn't happen often (in the city). We don't know where this one came from," said Rob Culbertson.

The bear is believed to be about a year and a half old.
Girosky says, much like 18 year olds, the bear was old enough, so it's mother likely chased it away, and it called Millcreek it's home.

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