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The 100-pound black bear was sedated using a tranquilizer dart.
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The 100-pound black bear was sedated using a tranquilizer dart.

This morning's bear chase in Northwest D.C. has come to an end.

A small black bear evaded sweat-stained animal control and police officers for a couple hours. The officers chased the animal through dozens of properties in the Spring Valley, a wooded neighborhood near Rock Creek Park.

"There is thick bamboo back there. There are thickets. We were jumping over fences and going through thorn bushes. My guys were incredibly dedicated," said one.

The Washington Humane Society's Scott Giacoppo says the young bear that weighs about 100 pounds was finally tranquilized with a dart in a backyard.

"He's going to be evaluated by veterinarians and then we will work with our partners in Maryland and other places for re-release," he said.

Local residents were stunned to hear that there was a black bear in their midst, but authorities said there was no reason to worry, as black bears are not dangerous.

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