A black bear was able to elude police officers for hours as it ran around a Lakewood, Washington neighborhood. Residents of the neighborhood had started calling 911 around 1:30 am Friday morning. Wildlife agents responded and shot their first tranquilizer dart at the bear around 6 am. Then spent hours following the bear. The bear climbed fences, ran through the elementary school grounds which caused a lockdown.
Seattle television helicopters followed the bear, and showed footage of the bear walking down neighborhood streets. The wildlife agents followed the bear down railroad tracks to a creek bed where the bear was tranquilized twice more and fell asleep. Wildlife agents dragged the bear back to a parking lot on a tarp. The bear was checked for side effects from the darts and from the chase. The bear is fine, and is getting a trip to a remote area of the Olympic or Cascade Mountains where he will be released once he awakens. From SeattlePI.com .