Bear tranquilized, pulled from NE Portland tree

A Portland Fire and Rescue firefighter brings a 2-year-old bear down from a 35-foot tree in NE Portland June 11, 2014. (PF&R)
A Portland Fire and Rescue firefighter brings a 2-year-old bear down from a 35-foot tree in NE Portland June 11, 2014. (PF&R)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A bear that found his way into Northeast Portland Wednesday morning has been tranquilized and safely removed from a tree, the Portland Police Bureau has confirmed.

PPB officers spotted the black bear — described as about five feet tall standing upright — around 3:15 a.m. after receiving a report an animal had broken through multiple fences in a NE 38th Ave. and Jessup Street neighborhood.

A black bear spotted in Northeast Portland June 11, 2014. (Kemi Salami)
A black bear spotted in Northeast Portland June 11, 2014. (Kemi Salami)

The two-year-old bear moved from street to street in the area, as officers and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel waited for the right moment to dart the animal.

Just before 6:30 a.m., the bear — 35 feet up in a tree near NE 36th and Emerson Street — was successfully tranquilized, according to PPB spokesman Pete Simpson.

Portland Fire & Rescue crews employ a fire truck ladder to pull a tranquilized black bear from a Northeast Portland tree. (KOIN 6)
Portland Fire & Rescue crews employ a fire truck ladder to pull a tranquilized black bear from a Northeast Portland tree. (KOIN 6)

Portland firefighters then employed a fire truck ladder and a specialized harness to reach and lower the sleeping bear.

Wildlife workers are now in the process of taking the bear out of the Portland area.

The PPB had advised all those in the area to stay inside their homes. The city’s reverse 911, known as the Citizen Emergency Notification System, was activated early Wednesday for residents in the immediate vicinity.

The bear is now in the care of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and because it didn’t cause any damage, it will be released back into the wild.

Within hours of the bear rummaging through several heavily populated neighborhoods, a new Twitter account @NEPDXBear appeared, pretending to tweet from the animal’s perspective.

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