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

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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