PORTLAND -- A black bear was safely tranquilized, captured and removed from a Portland neighborhood Wednesday morning.
On Thursday, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials said the bear was tagged released into the western Cascades.
Photos: Bear captured in NE Portland
Police were first called to the area of Northeast 38th Avenue and Jessup for a report of a bear that broke through some neighborhood fences. The callers said a black bear, about 5 feet in length and four feet tall, was running through the neighborhood.
Police surrounded the bear near the intersection of Northeast 35th Avenue and Killingsworth Street, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson. Then, experts were brought in and the bear was hit with a tranquilizer dart shortly after 6 a.m.
The bear dozed off in a tall tree. So the Portland Fire Bureau brought in a tall ladder.
The bear was harnessed and carefully lowered down from the tree and placed in a cage.
Staff with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife transported the bear to a new location before 8:30 a.m. They said the bear appeared to be about two years old and was not harmed in the capture effort.
ODFW staff monitored the bear after he recovered from the tranquilizer. They then took the bear to an undisclosed location in the western Cascades, tagged him and let him go.