West Baton Rouge neighborhood receives a bear-y big surprise

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) ––– Residents of a Port Allen neighborhood found themselves in a bear-y sticky situation when one neighbor was alerted by her security cameras that something was in her backyard.

Tony Vindrine with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says he received a call around 6:30 Sunday morning about a Louisiana Black Bear found in a tree off Avenue G in Port Allen.

Vindrine says the bear was roughly 200lbs and was an adult male.

After securing the area, agents had to wait for a tranquilizer gun to come from Opelousas.

“We had the bear on the ground. He stood up, we had a good shot where we were supposed to place it and within the distance, we were supposed to shoot, and when we shot the bear with the tranquilizer gun, it climbed back up in a tree,” Vindrine says.

Unfortunately, they were unsuccessful in tranquilizing the bear. “He didn’t go to sleep. He was licking, and when they start licking, it means they getting ready to fall asleep, but he never went down,” Vindrine says.

He says they can’t shoot the bear while it is in the tree because they want to keep the animal safe, “if we shoot him in a tree and he goes down, it goes under, he’ll fall out the tree and it probably kill it.”

The Department of Wildlife says the bear was likely agitated by the dart and the commotion from those watching below. It is possible that they will not catch the bear at all.

“He’s probably going to stay up in a tree till it gets dark. He may just come down from the tree and go back on his own way he came from and we won’t end up catching him,” he says.

But if the bear is captured, he will be transported safely and released back into the wild. “We’d relocate him to an area we had planned on bringing him to an area in the Atchafalaya basin and releasing him,” Vindrine says.

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