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Wildlife Officials Tranquilize Bear In Union Township

New Jersey wildlife officials say a black bear that perched overnight in a tree near the Union municipal building has been tranquilized.

Bear captured in Union Township
Bear captured in Union Township (WNBC TV)

State Fish and Wildlife Division spokesman Larry Hajna says the near 200-pound young male bruin was captured around 10 a.m. Tuesday after police had watched him all night up in a tree.

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Hajna says the bear was shot with tranquilizer darts, which caused it to stumble into a safety net.

 

 

The bear then ran a few hundred yards from the tree and wildlife officials shot it again with tranquilizers when they saw it heading toward a nearby highway.

The animal was not previously tagged by wildlife officials.

Hajna says the animal was unharmed and is being relocated to nearby state land.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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