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Black Bear Captured, Tranquilized In Bethesda

The 150-pound bear was tranquilized and will be moved to a forest area near the Potomac River.
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The 150-pound bear was tranquilized and will be moved to a forest area near the Potomac River.

In Bethesda, a black bear has been tranquilized after a daylong chase. Crews in pursuit of the bear shot bottle rockets to scare the animal down from a tree and chased it with tranquilizers at the National Institutes of Health.

The 150-pound bear was first spotted near Rockville Town Square this morning around 8 a.m. Michael England, with the Rockville Police, says officers tried to direct the bear away from commercial and residential areas.

"Bears are very skittish, so if we position ourselves in the proper position the bear will see us and then they'll move along," England said earlier today.

The bear did move along, and within an hour, police had lost sight of it. By early afternoon, NIH police found the bear on the NIH campus off Rockville Pike. The animal was seen 100 feet up in a tree.

This is the second black bear sighting in Rockville this year. England says if you see a bear, back away slowly and don't run.

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