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Bear takes liking to utility poles, climbs 2 in Arizona border city

(Facebook Photo/Arizona Game and Fish Department-Tucson)

DOUGLAS, Ariz. — Residents of an Arizona border city were left in disbelief by a surprise visit from a bear.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department said the bear appeared Sunday in downtown Douglas.

Bolder than your average bear, the animal climbed up two utility poles and even sat on the wires at one point.

State wildlife officials, Douglas police, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Border Patrol closed off U.S. Highway 191 and tried to get the bear to leave.

Authorities say the seemingly unfazed bear eventually climbed down and scampered off, sending about two dozen onlookers scattering.

No injuries were reported.

Game and Fish officials say this is the time of year where people in the area need to watch out for bears.

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