DANBURY - Officials with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) say a bear that was stuck in a tree in Danbury has been released unharmed back into the wild.
Animal control officials removed the 240-pound adult male black bear from a tree in a Danbury parking lot Tuesday morning. He had been stuck there for at least four hours. Authorities believe the bear climbed up the Main Street tree after something scared him.
Officers shot the bear with two tranquilizer darts before it fell asleep and dropped into a net.
The animal has been tagged and could travel dozens of miles in the coming weeks, as bears don't usually stay put after being released back into the wild.
According to the DEEP, there have been nearly 3,000 black bear sightings in Connecticut in the last year, with only two in Danbury. Farmington has the most sightings with 284 reported.
Officials say bears are common in Connecticut, and the best thing to do if you see a black bear is to stay back and call authorities.
For extended video of the bear, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.