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Bear climbs tree in Panama City neighborhood

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Courtesy: WJHG Courtesy: WJHG
PANAMA CITY, FL (WFLA) -

Officials say an adult male black bear that climbed up a tree in a Panama City neighborhood has been re-released into the wild.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials say the bear climbed the tree late Sunday night, and was still there Monday morning.

Roads in the area were blocked off, and a tarp was laid out to catch the bear after it was tranquilized. Despite tearing through the tarp during its fall, officials say the bear wasn’t hurt.

"He is gonna be tired. He is gonna be dehydrated,” said Jerry Pitts of FWC. “We are going to wet him down so he will stay cool on the ride, but yeah, he is in great shape. The drug is very safe and the fall went awesome. The fire guys did a very nice job."

The bear was driven to Apalachicola National Forest, where officials say he was tagged and released.

WJHG contributed to this report.

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