Bear Goes on Romp Through Russellville

MAY 30, 2006 - Posted at 8:01 a.m. CST

RUSSELLVILLE, AR - State Game and Fish Commission officers have relocated a bear that had decided to explore part of Russellville.

The bear was spotted in the city's downtown at about 8:30 a.m. on Sunday and was also in a resident's back yard.

Resident George Cotton says the bear had cleared fences before it got into a tree.  Game & Fish officers shot the beast with a tranquilizer dart.  The bear went further up the tree before tumbling down.

Officials estimated that the male 130-pound bear is about two years old.

Before releasing the bear in northern Pope County, Game & Fish officers tagged his ear and tattooed his mouth.

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