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When Wild Animals Come To The City

OPB | June 13, 2014 12:45 p.m. | Updated: June 13, 2014 2:32 p.m.

Residents of Portland’s Concordia neighborhood awoke to some unexpected news Wednesday morning: There was a bear on the loose. The 125-pound black bear was first spotted at about 3:00 a.m., and by 7:30 a.m. it was about 30 feet up a tree in someone’s back yard. Police, fire, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials were on the scene, just off NE Killingsworth Street. They tranquilized the bear and safely removed it from the tree. Once it woke up and had a health check, the two-year-old bear was tagged and released back into the wild.

Residents of Portland's Concordia neighborhood look on as authorities attempt to remove a tranquilized bear from a large tree.

Residents of Portland's Concordia neighborhood look on as authorities attempt to remove a tranquilized bear from a large tree.

Julie Sabatier / OPB

This isn’t how the story ends for every wild animal that wanders into the city. Predators like cougars are more likely to be trapped and euthanized. Baby animals may be sent to a zoo instead.

What questions do you have about how local and state officials deal with wild animals in the city?

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