Agencies team up for capture, release of bear in tree on Arizona campus

Jul 25, 2018, 11:40 AM
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PHOENIX — A wandering bear ran straight up a tree on an Arizona college campus this week, bringing out the wildlife department, police and fire departments and campus security.

The young bear was brought down from a tree on the Coconino Community College campus in Flagstaff on Monday, authorities posted on Facebook.

Flagstaff Fire Department Capt. Jared Saylor told the Arizona Daily Sun the bear climbed up the tree after it had been coaxed from an area closer to Interstate 40.

The campus is near the freeway and Lone Tree Road.

The 70-pound animal had to be tranquilized to get it out of the tree. It fell onto a tarp held off the ground by firefighters and wasn’t injured, the post said.

On Monday, July 23, 2018, two FFD units (Quint 2 and Squad 3) were dispatched to the area of Lone Tree and Zuni to…

Posted by Flagstaff Fire Department on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

It was a “once in a career call,” Saylor told the publication.

Arizona Game and Fish employees said they released the 2-year-old bear at a better spot away from the city.

Flagstaff Police’s animal control also helped with the wrangling.

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Agencies team up for capture, release of bear in tree on Arizona campus