- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (AP) - Wildlife officials say an elusive black bear that romped around a northern New Jersey community for several hours has been captured.

The male bear was tranquilized around 3 p.m. Tuesday as it rested in a tree in Ridgewood.

The Record (https://bit.ly/1vuWZrw) reports that police waited below with a net to catch the drugged bruin, who struggled to hang onto the branches for about 30 seconds before falling out with a thud.

At authorities’ request, media outlets with helicopters in the air had tried to scare the bear out of the tree earlier in the day. But the helicopters backed off when the effort proved unsuccessful.

A spray of water finally got the bear to leave the tree, but he soon escaped up another tree with animal control officers in pursuit.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com


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