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Black bear tranquilized after ‘standoff’ with police in Tampa

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Police took this picture of the bear before it climbed up a tree in front of a home on Linebaugh Avenue.
Police took this picture of the bear before it climbed up a tree in front of a home on Linebaugh Avenue. Tampa Police Department

A black bear that had climbed up a tree in front of an east Tampa home has safely been removed.

A trapper tranquilized the bear, which eventually fell from the tree and was placed in a cage. According to Fish and Wildlife officials, the bear will be relocated to the Ocala National Forest.

The bear was first spotted in the area of East Linebaugh Avenue and North 46th Street near Adventure Island.

“I wasn’t worried in the beginning," said Amos Brown, a neighbor. "I assumed he’s just from Busch Gardens, he’s a teenage bear, no problem but then when my wife started talking about the Cincinnati Zoo gorilla, mentioning the Disney resort alligator- now she has my heart pumping.”

An officer responding to another call spotted the animal roaming the neighborhood around 5:30 a.m. He initially couldn't determine if the animal was a bear or a large dog.

He quickly determined the 6-foot-long animal was a bear and followed it in the neighborhood.

Eventually, the bear was spotted in a backyard and several officers responded. The bear became scared and climbed up about 15 feet in a tree in the front yard of a home at 4213 Linebaugh Ave.

Fish and Wildlife officials responded, along with Tampa police.

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