Treed bear captured, relocated without harm

(Source: Brad Fulk of Arizona Game and Fish)
(Source: Brad Fulk of Arizona Game and Fish)
(Source: Brad Fulk of Arizona Game and Fish)
(Source: Brad Fulk of Arizona Game and Fish)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A yearling black bear that was treedbetween Buffalo Solider Trail and Seventh Street on Sierra Vista's north sidehas been relocated today without harm.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department located the 75 to100-pound bear, darted it with a tranquilizer and used a tarp to break its fallfrom the tree.

The male bear was released in the Gailuro Mountains.

According to Arizona Game andFish, the Monument Fire in 2011 caused bears on the eastern slope of theHuachuca Mountains to forage for food in residential areas.  They warn thepublic to be "bear aware" and keep trash cans indoors or enclosed until pickup,or a citation may be issued after a first warning.

Yearlings tend to be displaced byolder bears when there is limited food, according to Game and Fish, and havebeen recently spotted the most.

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