Bear tranquilized in tree stumps rescuers

Posted at: 07/02/2013 9:57 AM | Updated at: 07/02/2013 12:38 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Game and Fish officials pushed a tranquilized bear from a tree.

Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

ALBUQUERQUE -- New Mexico Game and Fish officials struggled to get a tranquilized female bear down from a Northeast Heights tree on Monday.

Bernalillo County sheriff's deputies responded to reports of a bear spotted in a backyard near Tramway and Paseo del Norte just before 9 a.m.

The bear climbed high into a tree, but sheriff's deputies remained on scene in case she decided to start roaming around the neighborhood.

Game and Fish officials were able to tranquilize the bear, but she fell asleep tucked away within the tree's branches. Officials resorted to climbing the tree and poking the bear with a push stick.

KOB Eyewitness News 4's reporter at the scene said officials got the bear down safely and are taking her to Santa Fe National Forest.


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