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Big Black Bear Stuck in Tree Prompts Lockdown of Nearby Junior High


Big Black Bear Stuck in Tree Prompts Lockdown of Nearby Junior High The bear stayed in the tree for several hours, police said. (KCBS)

Of all the usual reasons for a school lockdown, this one was novel.

There was a big black bear ... sitting in a tree. And there was no k-i-s-s-i-n-g involved.

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The creature was first spotted early Wednesday morning loping through a residential neighborhood in Rancho Cucamonga, California. 

Local cops and the officers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife spent a good chunk of the morning trying to capture the bear, which climbed a eucalyptus tree and refused to budge.

A nearby junior high was placed on lockdown while game officials fired tranquilizer shots at the bear.

 

After a round or two buzzed by, the bear began lumbering down the tree's trunk, and was knocked out by a shot that hit home.

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 The furry creature was placed in a metal box by wildlife officials who said they would release the animal into a forest.

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