A young female bear was successfully rescued from a tree in California on Wednesday, after being tranquilized with darts and caught as she fell.
California Fish and Wildlife officials said they didn’t know where the bear came from, but the animal had climbed up a tree in a corner lot in a Tracy, California, neighborhood and remained there until a little before 7 pm on Wednesday.
Officers shot four tranquilizing darts at the bear and three of them hit it. Once the tranquilizers took effect, the 175-pound bear tumbled down into a waiting tarp, to the cheers of hundreds of onlookers. (Scroll through for the video.)
Daniel Sotelo, the homeowner of the lot where the tree stands, told News 10 that he didn’t notice the bear until kids started gathering under the tree, to look at it. He said:
I went to the gym came back home, and didn’t notice it, so I think it was up there the whole time.
Once the animal fell from the tree, the onlookers rushed forward for a better look and to take pictures of it.
It took hours for the bear to sleep off the tranquilizers and she was then safely released into a wooded area.
The animal suffered no visible injuries during the fall from the tree, according to wildlife officials.
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